It’s Memorial Day Weekend, and people all over the country are celebrating in remembrance of our fallen soldiers. With so many events (and sales) going on over the entire weekend, it’s hard to know where to start.
There’s plenty of ways for you and your family to honor our troops while enjoying the nice late-Spring weather this weekend. We’ve boiled them down to five great choices.
1. Honor our Fallen Soldiers
The most somber celebrations are likely the most impactful. On Memorial Day, military cemeteries will often hold a remembrance ceremony, with speeches from current or former soldiers honoring those who have fallen in the line of duty.
Many military museums and landmarks are holding similar events for Memorial Day. Military museums are a family-friendly way to learn more about our military and honor our veterans.
2. Attend Memorial-Day Themed Celebrations
Two of the most notable Memorial Day traditions are local parades and baseball games. Many towns host parades to honor fallen heroes on Memorial Day Weekend. These parades will often feature service units as well as local charity organizations. It’s a relaxing and fun way to show your support.
Any baseball fan knows that Memorial Day is an important day for the sport. As “America’s Past-time” baseball stadiums across the country will take time to honor the troops with a flag ceremony and other events during the game. Many stadiums will even have a Blue Angels flight demonstration flyover. For fans, Memorial Day baseball games are an opportunity to support your team and honor fallen heroes at the same time.
3. Support Our Troops Overseas
The most direct way to support our troops is to send a care package. A great way to honor the memory of our fallen heroes is by showing support for their fellow soldiers. Typically, these care packages will include snacks, hygiene items, books, and even video games.
There are a number of organizations that allow you to organize care packages and even “adopt” a soldier to send him letters and cards. Center State Bank has some great information: https://www.centerstatebank.com/how-to-donatesend-military-care-packages/
4. Host Your Own Party Outdoors
Hosting a barbecue or picnic is a common tradition. Fire up the grill, and invite over some family and friends for a Memorial Day party.
You can make it a potluck, so guests can bring whatever type of food they like. Consider even hosting your party on the beach, so everyone can enjoy the waves and the warm sand. Just make sure everyone cleans up afterwards!
5. Have A Fun Adventure Outside
Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to go out and have an adventure with your family and friends.
As Spring starts to give way to Summer, one thing is consistent: Memorial Day is a great weekend to do activities outside. Whether it’s a weekend spent camping, adventuring out on the water, or even just a hike, the late-spring weather means it’s not-too-hot and not-too-cold.
If you’re not as much of the adventuring type, there are likely plenty of Memorial Day Weekend festivals in your area, including food & beverage festivals, music festivals, car shows, and local fairs.