We tend to think of Memorial Day as the unofficial start of Summer: a time to barbeque outdoors and spend time with friends and family. But let us remember that Memorial Day is indeed intended as the opportunity to reflect upon and honor those who have lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Historically, Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, a day established after the American Civil War in 1868 by the Grand Army Republic (an organization of Union veterans) for the decoration of Union soldiers' graves with flowers. By the 20th century, Union and Confederate holiday traditions merged, and Memorial Day became a day to honor all the brave Americans who died while serving in the military.
A memorializing plaque is thus the perfect way for a families to honor their beloved fallen as a mark of gratitude for their extraordinary sacrifices made for all citizens' freedom. Below are just a few ideas for inclusions on a plaque to honor an American hero whose life was taken in an untimely yet honorable manner. Any and all of the following details can be included, and remember that A Memorial Plaque will help you custom design a beautiful plaque to your exact specifications.
Details about the hero's life:
A great way to honor a deceased American hero is to include details specific to his or her personal or familial life. For example, was he a loving father? An accomplished athlete? An avid collector? An active humanitarian? These are all details worth highlighting. Who are he or she survived by and what beloved family members are being met in the eternal life? Also noteworthy inclusions.
Details about the hero's service:
Any awards, honors, or promotion earned within the Armed Forces warrant an inclusion on your memorial plaque. Specific tour dates and locations also add a nice tribute to the worldliness and sacrifice of the hero.
Quotes about liberty, freedom, and sacrifice:
From Thomas Jefferson to Ernest Hemmingway to the Bible, there are so many powerful and impactful quote sources on the subject of heroism and selflessness in the face of danger. Try to choose a quote that is in-line with the philosophies of your loved one to create both a personal and universal touch to your tribute.
Contact A Memorial Plaque today and let us help you customize a gorgeous, high quality plaque that respectfully pays tribute to your deserving hero. Plaques are available in various sizes, colors, and styles, and are limited only by your imagination.