Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day, a day dedicated to honoring and remembering all men and women who have died during military service for the United States.

MEMORIAL DAY MASSES CANCELED: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Masses usually celebrated at our Catholic cemeteries on Memorial Day are canceled. 

Consider these ideas from the Memorial Day Foundation for actively remembering Americans including our ancestors, family members, loved ones, neighbors and friends who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the blessings of liberty:

  • Pray for the repose of the souls of those who’ve died and for comfort for their families.
  • Fly the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon. Memorial Day is a day of “National Mourning.”
    On Memorial Day, the flag should be flown at half staff from sunrise until noon, then raised briskly to the top of the staff until sunset in honor of the nation’s battle heroes.
  • Participate in a “National Moment of Remembrance” at 3 p.m. local time, by pausing and thinking upon the meaning of the day and for taps to be played if possible.
  • Renew a pledge to aid the widows, and orphans of our fallen military members, and to aid disabled veterans.

Additional resources

Prayer for Memorial Day (USCCB)
Reflection: Why we celebrate Memorial Day: A Lesson in Service and Sacrifice (Loyola Press)