Honoring Our Fallen Heroes
May 24, 2018
For many, Memorial Day means parades, family gatherings and the unofficial start of summer. But the true meaning of the holiday goes much deeper. It’s the day for honoring those who have lost their lives serving our country. This year, why not include a way to recognize these fallen heroes into your Memorial Day Weekend plans?
Our Veterans & Allies Employee/Business Resource Group (EBRG) offers the following suggestions:
- Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance
The National Moment of Remembrance Act encourages Americans to take time to pause at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for one minute of silence to remember, pay tribute to and honor those who have died in service to the United States of America.
- Decorate a Fallen Hero’s Grave
Visit one of the 134 U.S. national cemeteries* or a local state cemetery. Adopt a grave without a decoration by placing flowers or a wreath at the grave site.
- Donate to a military charity such as Operation Gratitude*
Mission: Operation Gratitude seeks to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of the U.S. Military and First Responder communities and provide volunteer opportunities for Americans to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Through the generosity and hands-on efforts of the American people, we send care packages to all who bravely serve our nation.
- Volunteer at your local United Service Organizations (USO) office*
Mission: The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, through their service to the nation.
- Volunteer at your local Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital*
Mission: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise: “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.
VA hospital locations*
FirstEnergy’s Veterans & Allies EBRG is a team of employees striving to positively influence the organizational culture to ensure the hiring and development of veterans and to assist the organization in achieving its diversity and inclusion business imperative and aspirations.