This Memorial Day, remember all the men and women who lost their lives fighting for freedom. (Photo: Jason Reed/Reuters)
Memorial Day weekend is a great time for barbecues and relaxing with friends and family. It's the time when summer begins and, for all you ladies out there, May 28 means you are granted permission to wear white pants.
This weekend, there's also all kinds of ways to honor those who lost their lives in service and those who are still serving our country overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq.
1. Attend a Memorial Day Parade
It's quick and easy to find where and when a local parade is taking place. Simply type in your town and 'Memorial Day Parade' into google and you should be given information on parades near you.
There are approximately 25 million living veterans in America. You can show your support by volunteering at a local VA hospital or facility. Military families may also need a helping hand. Type your zip code into this database for local opportunities.
There will be blood drives across the country this weekend and as the Red Cross notes on their website, "every minute of every day, someone needs blood." Type your zip code into this database and find a blood drive near you.