Memorial day is quickly approaching, falling on Monday, May 28, 2018. For many people, Memorial Day is the start of summer, or a chance to hit up good sales. Constitution Daily offers great insight on the origin of the highly celebrated Memorial Day. On May 5, 1868, the organization of Union Army Veterans (the Grand Army of the Republic/GAR) established Decoration Day as a day for the nation to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers. The Grand Army of the Republic noted that Decoration Day should be celebrated on May 3o each year because the timing would line up with the blooming of flowers all over the nation. On 1938, Congress recognized Decoration Day as a federal holiday, and the name became “Memorial Day” after World War II. However, the federal government actually did not adopt the name, “Memorial Day”, until 1967. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bills would move the holiday to the last Monday of May.
There are some things that should be done on Memorial Day that you may have not known before that the History.com offers. The American flag should be hung at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, then raised to the top of the staff in recognition of living military veterans who served the country. When the flag is lowered to half staff, it is to honor the dead servicemen and women of this country. Furthermore, since 2000, when the US Congress passed legislation, all Americans are encouraged to pause for a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 pm local time.
Many people get Memorial Day and Veterans Day confused. To clarify, Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. In fewer words, it is a day set aside to pay tribute to those who died serving in the military. Veterans Day is a day to celebrate soldiers who are still alive and served in the forces at anytime, during peace or war.
For more information on flag protocol scroll down to the the Display of the Flag and follow the link given.
Below are a few ideas on how to celebrate and honor Memorial Day while having fun!
See a Parade
As a child, this seems to be one of the most enjoyable things. You get to hear music, hang out with your friends and family, and get to see interesting and intriguing things. You get to see all of your local officers in their uniforms and you get to honor them and show your appreciation towards them during the parade and always.
If this interests you, you should search online for your nearest Memorial Day parades because they are very common on this holiday.
Vetfriends website offers Memorial Day Parade Listings by State, so follow the link if you are interested in finding a parade near you to attend!
Gather for a Feast
A true American potluck never fails to be a good time. Invite your friends and your family to celebrate the day with one big feast. Have everyone bring a dish, whether it be a side, a dessert, or drinks. No matter how the food ends up, at least you are all together in one place at the same time.
Some popular and fun foods for the perfect Memorial Day feast include…
Patriotic Neapolitan Ice Cream: layers of red (strawberry) white (vanilla) and blue (blueberry).
Red, White, and Blue Trifle: a patriotic dish topped with a summery whipped cream and fresh berries.
Grilled Bourbon Chicken: an extra kick into your typical BBQ marinade with the addition of bourbon.
Hot Dogs: 10 Regional Favorites: try making some of the popular hotdogs across the nation
Greek Pasta Salad: Feta cheese, olives, and tomatoes give it a Mediterranean flavor everyone will love.
These are only some common and popular dishes made for the celebration of Memorial Day. Some other websites you can visit to find more ideas and recipes you may be interested in trying out this year are All Recipes, Taste of Home, and Country Living.
Display the Flag
There is nothing more pleasing then seeing the colors of your country flying high. You should fly the flag on this day for the remembrance and honor of all soldiers to show gratitude and thanks.
There are certain protocols for displaying the flag on Memorial Day, which can be found at this website titled thoughtco, however simply flying the flag in honor of those fallen is highly suggested even if you do not know or follow the protocol.
To learn more about flying the flag on special occasions visit the link given from thoughtco.com.
Participate in a 5k
There are many different organizations and places that orchestrate a 5k or even a 10k in honor of our soldiers. Don’t let the distance scare you, it can actually be extremely fun. Gather your friends or family to do it with you, and make a day of it, you may end up surprising yourself on how well you do, and how fun it actually is.
If you are interested in running a 5k in honor of Memorial Day, the Active website displays a list of 10 different areas that offer a 5k race. Check it out and see if you are located in the area given and sign up to run! If you area is not listed on the website, don’t be afraid to search it online or ask around!
Runner World also offers a complete list of Marathons and Half Marathons that are offered the entire year of 2018. Check it out following the given link!