Every year we use the Memorial Day weekend to kick off the summer season by having BBQ’s and pool parties but there’s an important and deeper meaning behind this national holiday.
What is Memorial Day and why do we recognize it?
Memorial Day is observed every year on the last Monday of May and is a day meant to honor the women and men who died in military service. Traditions, like hanging the American flag at half-staff until noon and pausing for a National Moment of Remembrance at 3pm, are still practiced today. And many people spend the day visiting cemeteries and monuments, such as the Arlington National Cemetery, to recognize fallen soldiers.
Homes For Our Troops
This year, we at heroine.nyc wanted to give back in honor of Memorial Day. After researching the many amazing charities dedicated to veterans, we chose to support Homes For Our Troops (HFOT). They are a nonprofit organization dedicated to building homes for severely injured post-9/11 veterans. The homes they build are specially adapted so that veterans can focus on their recovery and on rebuilding their lives without having to worry about how they’re going to get to that point.
A great reason for supporting HFOT is that almost 90% of all donations are put directly into HFOT program services for veterans so that they don’t have to pay a single dollar for their new home. To date, HFOT has built over 250 homes and their goal is to build one for every veteran that qualifies. These homes feature everything from wheelchair ramps, to lowered countertops, appliances and pull-down shelving, to automatic doors. With the stepping stone of finding a new home taken care of, veterans can focus on the next stage in their life, whether it be starting a family or choosing a new career.
If you’d like to donate to Homes For Our Troops directly, you can click here.
Giving back through the Memorial Day Trio
To coincide with our donation, we have created a special Memorial Day Trio featuring Wine at Midnight
, White Noise
, and Royal Blood
. With every purchase of the trio during the month of May, 50% of the net profits from it will be donated directly to Homes For Our Troops! We know giving back is just as important to you as it is to us, so stock up on your fave red, white, and blue heroine.nyc polishes or better yet, give a set to a friend and let them know about the meaning behind your gift.
And most importantly, while it’s okay to spend Memorial Day weekend having a good time with your family and friends, take a moment to remember and honor all of the people who died in service of our great country!
P.S. Even though we will be donating to Homes For Our Troops during the month of May, we will also be donating to our ongoing #HeroinesHelp Charity, the Rescue+Freedom Project
(formerly known as the Beagle Freedom Project). We just really love giving back!