Saturday Morning Message: Memorial Day Weekend

Author: Carol Lane

Good Morning,

This weekend there are many events to honor those who gave their lives in our country's military. It is hard to decide what to do.

taps flag and rose

On Memorial Day, survivors can be found in many different places:

Some are at the TAPS National Seminar in Washington, DC; others can be found at an activity in their home state; still others may choose a location that is special to their loved ones; some may prefer to stay at home.

Wherever you chose to spend this Memorial Day, you are in the right place and the thoughts of your TAPS family are with you. If you find you would like to talk to someone at TAPS, please call 800-959-8277 anytime as our helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for support. 

Would you like to share a meaningful song or see how other survivors respond to a topic or question you have?  I would love to gather some thoughts for future Saturday Morning Messages.  It can be helpful to read how others cope.

In addition to the ideas shared below, we can also honor our loved ones by communicating with each other through writing. You never know how your words may touch the heart of another. I encourage you to reply to the Saturday Morning Message by sending it directly to This week's question is located below my signature. Thank you to everyone responding this week and those who read this message.



Responses to this question will be gathered and posted on May 30th to give time for those who are away to reply.  So let's share our activities. What did you do over the Memorial Day weekend? 


The band called the Knuckledusters is the band playing at TAPS National Seminar this weekend. Clicking on their name will bring you to their site with a variety of videos highlighting their music, so you will feel the energy if you can't actually be with us.

Other Items and Events of Interest

Arlington Cemetery family at headstone

Join us on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28 to 30, for our 27th Annual National Military Survivor Seminar! We will be live streaming all of our general sessions with guest speakers.

Important Note: In-person registration is still open, but we are in a waitlist situation due to COVID occupancy restrictions in the State of Virginia. 

If you have any questions, email or call our Helpline at 202.588.TAPS (8277).

Learn More and Register


▶▶  Connect With Your TAPS Family 

You can discover all the opportunities to connect with your TAPS Family on our website at the TAPS Event Calendar.

About the Saturday Morning Message

The Saturday Morning Message (SMM) is a weekly communication contributed by survivors. The primary focus of the SMM is to foster peer-based connections for support and encouragement. It is the goal of this communication to foster a safe, supportive place where we can openly share in a nonjudgmental and caring manner. Read and contribute as you are comfortable. Content submitted for the SMM is edited for space considerations and may be used in other TAPS publications. The loving family at TAPS is available to you 24 hours a day. Please call 202-588-TAPS (8277).