The True Meaning of Memorial Day
We sat down with Miranda Tripp, Founder of Tuck and Bundle and Army Veteran. Miranda is from San Antonio, Texas and now lives in Virginia with her husband and 2 children. Bundle up and get tucked in, let's chat all things Memorial Day.
What does Memorial Day mean to you?
“I think as mothers we all know what sacrifice is. Parents know what it’s like to serve tirelessly and above all, we know what it means for one of our kids to come up to us with a simple “thank you”. It never gets old. This is how service members want to be remembered and thought of, they sacrifice for our communities and we thank them.
We are ultimately teaching our family and friends that Memorial Day is a time to remember that the freedoms which we enjoy in the United States of America are because people died for them in service and continue to do so.”
How do I teach my child about Memorial Day?
“It is simple, Memorial Day is a great time to reflect with your family over the men and woman who have lost their lives in military service. Memorial Day used to be called Decoration Day because people would adorn their loved ones graves with flowers and wreaths. We don’t have to stop having barbecues or enjoying the sales this holiday but we can still enjoy the start of summer by paying tribute to the fallen. I know for my family it’s important to know about Arlington Cemetery in DC and talk about what our flag stands for when they see them driving around and even at their schools.”
What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day?
“Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May and honors service members who have died in service. Veteran’s Day is in November and honors the over 20 million men and woman who have served in the military. On Memorial Day we visit graves and memorials and take a moment to cherish those families who have paid the ultimate sacrifice whereas Veteran’s day is a time to celebrate those who have served by saying thank you to everyone in your community that has served.”
What do we say on social media or to someone who is in the military on these days?
“On Memorial Day we say to remember those who have fallen and on Veteran's Day we take time to tell our family and community that their service is important to us.”
Resources we ❤️ to support:
Determined to end veteran suicide, K9s For Warriors provides highly-trained Service Dogs to military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma. With the majority of dogs coming from high-kill rescue shelters, this innovative program allows the K9/Warrior team to build an unwavering bond that facilitates their collective healing and recovery.
Founded by retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel John Folsom in 2003, this organization helps the families of men and women who were wounded, injured, or killed during combat.
Many of our veterans live with PTSD and permanent disabilities. Homes for Our Troops helps veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan with one vital aspect to a happy life: a mortgage-free home that’s adaptable to their needs.
Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where military & veteran families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital.