Memorial Day is just a Week away and this means that summer is about to start. During this time, family and friends gather and celebrate with backyard picnics and barbecue. However, amidst all the fun, a lot of people tend to lose sight of the true meaning of Memorial Day and forget about the soldiers who risked their lives to serve their country. This time, why not consider celebrating Memorial Day by remembering what this holiday is all about? Here are some great ways to celebrate Memorial Day in patriotic ways:
Tell Your Children about the Sacred Meaning of Memorial Day
Memorial Day was first celebrated in 1868 when the 30th of May was declared as a day for decorating the graves of Civil War soldiers who have departed. After the First World War, Memorial Day became a holiday to commemorate all Americans who had fought and died in any war. In 1971, the last Monday of May was finally declared as a federal holiday to honor everyone who died while serving any branch of the armed forces in all wars. You can also browse online for more information, as well as facts about Memorial Day that you can share with your children.
Attend a Parade
Memorial Day parades are the best community events for this occasion since this encourages bonding with the family while also having fun and education at the same time. Attend a local parade and show your support by waving your American Flag while cheering for your fellow citizens who continuously serve our country. Both children and adults would definitely enjoy the atmosphere in the parade since this is a great time to connect with the community. A lot of cities and towns across the United States also hold parades to commemorate Memorial Day; these are also often ended with a moment of silence or a memorial service.
Write a Letter to a Veteran
Although Memorial Day is a time to remember fallen soldiers, we must also show appreciation to the living veterans who continue serving our country. Every Memorial Day, programs are hosted for people to be able to connect with veterans. You can write a letter to them personally to show your support for the military and the services that they have provided for the country and its citizens.
Decorate Your Home
Since Memorial Day was initially known as “Decoration Day”, another great idea to celebrate the holiday is adorning your home with a touch of blue, red, and white to remind everyone about the occasion. You don’t need to purchase fancy decorations to make your space look festive; just hang the American Flag outside your door, or place a miniature flag in a small, indoor flower pot and this will already remind everyone about Memorial Day. You can also create your own decorations with your little ones and try out some of the Memorial Day decoration ideas that you can find online.
Take Part in the National Moment of Remembrance
During Memorial Day, American citizens are asked by the National Moment of Remembrance (established by the Congress) to pause for one minute at 3 o’clock in the afternoon for national unity. This is usually the time of the day when people get busy enjoying the holiday which is why it makes remembering the true reason for the holiday more important.
Prepare American Desserts
Instead of just having your usual backyard barbecue, why not add more patriotism to your picnic? Try out some patriotic dessert recipes and serve these treats on blue, red, and white utensils to make it more festive.
Book a Getaway
Going on a vacation to enjoy a new environment and a change of scenery is another great way to celebrate Memorial Day. You may choose to go somewhere within the vicinity or you may also go out of town; either way, the long weekend will be a perfect time for families to reconnect. Attending Memorial Day parades and concerts in other areas is an excellent way to discover new things while bonding with your family members. Over the long weekend, take advantage of the fine weather and go outdoors for a hike, then play with the Whistlecopter toys for more fun.
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