Happy Monday and Memorial Day! In honor of those who have served and continue to serve our country – both in uniform and in everyday life – here is a special round up of service-inspired stories from around the web.

  • The Forward published a touching story by Marla Brown Fogelman who for the past three years has volunteered with the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project, interviewing Jewish World War II vets and recording their remarkable stories.
  • The Case Foundation offers suggestions for how to truly support and honor veterans and military families this Memorial Day.
  • GOOD takes a different approach to honoring the people who admire us with their call for submissions from readers to submit photos of the people they most admire in life. Check out some of the sweet and inspiring submissions here.
  • JTA published a story about Rachel Isaacs who made history on May 19 by being the first openy gay rabbi to be ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary.
  • eJewish Philanthropy published a story about the PJ Library, an initiative funded by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation that delivers free Jewish books to Jewish families across the country and Canada to promote literacy and Jewish education.
  • The Huffington Post published an update about the tornado cleanup efforts in Joplin, Missouri and how AmeriCorps is making a difference.