Remembering and Honoring the Fallen
May their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.
“It doesn’t take a hero to order soldiers into battle.Norman Schwarzkopf
It takes a hero to be one of those soldiers who goes into battle.”
What is Memorial Day?
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday for remembering the servicemen and servicewomen who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It is traditionally observed on the last Monday of May. This year Memorial Day is on Monday, May 31.
Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) announces its visitor and family pass holder Memorial Day weekend events schedule beginning on Thursday, May 27 and ending on Memorial Day, May 31, 2021.
Poppies as a Memorial Day Remembrance
Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. And some wear a red poppy in remembrance of those fallen in war – a tradition that began with a World War I poem.
“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Memorial Day Weekend 2021
Many see Memorial Day as the “unofficial start of summer.”
Memorial Day for most means barbeque and Black Friday-style blow out sales.
The month of May is also National Military Appreciation Month. There are multiple Memorial Day events, ceremonies and retailer discounts honoring veterans.
Military Appreciation Month Discounts May 2021
May is National Military Appreciation Month and veterans, service members and their families are being honored with free admission, discounts, deals, and sales. May is a busy month with Memorial Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Armed Forces Day and much more during the month of May.
Note: For theme parks and brick and mortar locations reporting discounts be sure to check for closures and changes due to these ever-changing times.
Memorial Day Weekend Freebies and Deals 2021
Memorial Day is a day for parades and remembrance, picnics and barbecues — and deals! A number of restaurants and retailers are offering discounts and freebies over the Memorial Day weekend. Some of the deals are only for military personnel or veterans, but many are available to anyone. Some of these deals aren’t specifically for Memorial Day, but they’re good this weekend.
Below are the 2021 offers, broken down by Memorial Day restaurant deals, shopping deals and gift card bonuses.
Memorial Day Travel 2021
ORLANDO, Fla. (May 11, 2021) – AAA Travel expects a significant rebound in the number of Americans planning to travel this Memorial Day holiday weekend.
The 2020 Memorial Day travel was the lowest on record since AAA began recording in 2000.
From May 27 through May 31, more than 37 million people are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home. This is an increase of 60% from last year when only 23 million traveled.
If you plan on a road trip this weekend – plan to start early and be careful out there!
Go Silent – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
This Memorial Day, remember to Honor the Fallen.
#GoSilent with IAVA at 3:00 PM local time.
This Memorial Day, IAVA will lay a wreath before local veterans’ monuments, and later pause for a moment of silence at 3PM local. Gather your friends and family across the country and pause with us for a national moment of silence to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
See details at https://iava.org/go-silent.
Folds of Honor: Educational Scholarships
for Spouses and Children of America’s Fallen
and Disabled Service-Members
Since 2007, the Folds of Honor has carried forth a singular, noble mission: To provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members.
Honor Their Sacrifice. Educate Their Legacy.
Folds of Honor has grown from a vision into a movement. The folded flag is a constant reminder of those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. It inspires us to help equip and educate their loved ones in need of our support. Thank you for embracing the call.
New Start Recovery Solutions Veteran and Military Programs
VA Community Care Provider
New Start Recovery Solutions is a VA Community Care Provider.
As a VA Community Care Provider – we have specialized Veterans and Military Programs. Our programs are evidence-based and dual diagnosis. Our goal is to help patients resolve the underlying emotional and mental health issues that often drive drug and alcohol addiction.
We treat trauma, PTSD, anxiety and other issues – at the same time as we treat the addiction. This is called integrated treatment – and it is very effective! If underlying mental health issues are not treated – there is a good chance for relapse.
For more information about signing up or receiving VA benefits – please see VA Community Care Process.
Northern California VA Services
What is Dual Diagnosis (Co-occurring Disorders)?
The term is called Dual Diagnosis or Co-occurring Disorders. This means the individual has a combination of mental disorders (such as depression, anxiety, trauma, etc.) and addiction (to drugs or alcohol.)
Military personnel and first responders often experience trauma while performing their duties. First responders are first on the scene of disasters and emergency situations. The general public sees first responders and soldiers as a kind of Super Hero. And they are: but even super heroes need support to continue their mission.
Northern California Veteran PTSD Rehabs
New Start Recovery Solutions Concord, CA
OPENING Summer 2021
New Start Recovery Solutions Monterey, CA
Recovery Happens Counseling Services Fair Oaks, CA
Recovery Happens Counseling Services San Rafael, CA
We are all in this together!
We are dedicated to helping those in need.
• Each patient is evaluated by New Start Recovery Solutions staff and receives a biopsychosocial assessment; and an individualized treatment plan.
• If you or your loved one is located in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Bay Area, San Rafael, Monterey, Sacramento, Fair Oaks, Chico, Paradise, Redding, Martinez or other Northern California area – and are dealing with a drug abuse or an alcohol use disorder – welcome to evidence-based whole person addiction treatment at New Start Recovery Solutions.
• New Start Recovery Solutions is a VA Community Care Provider; in-network with TriWest.
• Our trauma-informed dual diagnosis treatment is effective for PTSD, depression, anxiety and more.
We thank all the essential workers that continue to assist in these times!
We recognize the importance of continuing to serve our clients.