How can we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice?

Throughout the history of our country, countless brave service members have given the ultimate sacrifice to defend what we believe in. The fact is, without these honorable people, we would not have the freedoms and the livelihoods that we have today, period! It is, without a doubt, extremely important to honor these people with a national holiday.

Here are a few ideas that you can do:

Visit a family or friend’s grave at the cemetery

Whether you have a family member or a friend that served in the military, take a moment to stop by and visit their grave.

Display the American Flag

Whether at your home or at your place of work, the flag can be displayed to honor to those fallen heroes. Flags should be flown at half-staff from dawn until noon on Memorial Day.

Join the national moment of silence

Every year there is a moment of silence at 3:00 PM on Memorial Day so wherever you are and whatever you are doing, pause and take a moment of silence.

Stop by your local town or city’s Memorial Day Parade

Grab the family and head to the closest Memorial Day Parade to honor those who have died for the love of their country. Click here for a list of local memorial services.

Have a toast

It always a good thing to toast to those we have lost. This Memorial Day make It a point to raise a glass to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.


The list above is just a small number of things you can do this year to honor the lives of our fallen heroes. Make sure you take the time and appreciate all the freedom we have in our grateful nation because of those who have served and died for this country.

Jonathan Kepner, Jr. – LKNConnect Advisory Board Member

Jonathan Kepner, Jr. was born and raised in Wheeling, WV. He earned a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in Athletic Coaching Education along with a Mortuary Science degree from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He moved to North Carolina in 2012 when the Kepner family bought the Raymer Funeral Home in Huntersville.

As a licensed funeral director at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Jonathan represents the fifth generation of funeral service in the Kepner family. He’s been married to his wife Lindsey for just shy of 4 years now and they have a baby boy named Kashton. They reside in Cornelius. They love trying new restaurants and boating on Lake Norman in their free time.

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