Remembrance and celebration all in one day.
Memorial Day is upon us once again and that means the beginning of the warm summer days, grill outs with family and friends, and afternoons spent at the pool. Even though this is what Memorial Day has morphed into it didn’t start that way, and it’s important to remember the real reason the last Monday in May is designated a federal holiday.
It’s a day of remembrance and gratitude.
Memorial Day began as Decoration Day after the American Civil War (1868). An organization of Union veterans called the Grand Army of the Republic established a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, Union and Confederate traditions for honoring the fallen merged and what we now know as Memorial Day. Traditionally, it’s a time to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. Many people also use this as a time to remember all their relatives and visit their gravesites in remembrance of them.
It is with these thoughts in mind that we decided to dedicate our only post today to those who are spending it with their loved ones and remembering those who are no longer with us. We have included details for a few apps that are designed to help us celebrate Memorial Day with the original intention.
In my research, I was disappointed to find that there were very few apps designed specifically with Memorial Day in mind. There are a lot of websites out there that push people towards apps that people would use for cookout planning and road travel, but not visiting gravesites. I was able to find a few options that might be of assistance and also included a few tips for those who are looking to honor their loved ones.
Find A Grave
Find A Grave is a grave searching website that allows you to search for gravesites based off of a name, birth & death dates, and location of the cemetery along with other memorial information. It doesn’t always work if your loved one’s information isn’t entered into their database. The site is backed by Ancestry.com and there is a companion iOS app that is designed to help you find a loved one’s resting place. Again, this will only work if their information is included in the database. I have found that it works best if you aren’t quite so specific with your information. You can simply input their last name along with state that they are buried in and then scroll through the list of search results. After you’ve found a grave, you can then add additional information to it, like more photos, or even the GPS coordinates of it. Even though there are parts of the app that are a little questionable, it is probably the best one I’ve found for finding gravesites.
Download – FREE – iOS
Remember: Memorial Day Photo Editor
This app allows you to create a digital photo memory for your loved ones. It’s very easy to use. You simply select a photo from your library and then add the Memorial Day enhancements setup in the app. You can add borders, stickers, text and more to create a lovely photo memorial to share online. It’s a nice, easy to use app. It is ad-supported and a watermark is placed on photos unless you upgrade to the Pro Pack, but it’s a nice way to share remembrances.
DOWNLOAD – FREE – iOS (Pro Pack available for $1.99)
Pinterest has become so much more than just an online idea board. For many it’s become a recipe book, craft store, and creative way to do business. Pinterest can be a great way to find crafty ways to make grave decorations, or even spice up your cookout. Pinterest exists as both a website and an app.
DOWNLOAD – FREE – iOS
No matter what app you use to celebrate, take today to spend your time with family and friends. Consider what you can do to remember those who gave their lives as a volunteer for our country’s freedom.