The secret to Memorial Day is in its name. Initiated following the Civil War, it was originally called Decoration Day, designated to honor those who died in the war by decorating their graves. Still today, at Arlington National Cemetery, an American flag is placed on every single grave. After WWI, the holiday changed to honoring all who died fighting in any war, and in 1971, the last Monday in May officially became Memorial Day.
People celebrate Memorial Day in many ways, as a day off work, the beginning of summer and a long weekend for travel and family fun. Local communities host parades, carnivals and festivals bringing neighbors together to enjoy our freedoms so dearly won, while at the same time focusing on the true meaning of Memorial Day, honoring those who lost their lives fighting for our country. If you’re wondering how your family can both celebrate and honor, here are some suggestions for the day.
- Attend a Memorial Day parade or ceremony
- At home, fly the stars and stripes at half-staff and decorate with red, white and blue
- Visit a local war memorial and pay tribute with flowers or flags on graves
- Thank a veteran or military family for their service and sacrifice; invite them to lunch or pick up the tab for their meal in a restaurant
- Buy a red poppy from the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) to raise money for maintaining state and national rehabilitation and service programs for veterans
- Observe the National Moment of Remembrance: at 3 p.m. locally, pause and silently remember those who gave their lives for our freedoms
- Join com to write letters or send care packages to soldiers currently deployed
Memorial Day activities
The end of May marks the beginning of summer, and all across the country people celebrate Memorial Day weekend with barbeques, picnics, beach parties and 5K and 10K marathons to raise money for worthy causes. Whether just family and friends at home or neighborhood potluck cookouts, classic summertime foods take center stage:
- Hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings
- Smoked, braised and grilled baby back pork ribs, beef ribs and chicken
- Roasted corn, squash and asparagus; fruit and veggie skewers
- Salad varieties, including pasta, potato and traditional three-bean
- Fresh berries, watermelon, ice cream, S’mores and Rice Krispies treats
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Remember to take time out of your family celebrations to honor members of the United States Armed Services, past and present–raise a toast, thank a veteran, raise the flag. This Memorial Day delight in the freedoms we enjoy and be ever mindful of the price paid to secure those freedoms.
“137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America’s most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed–it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy.” — Congressman Doc Hastings