Memorial Day is a time for families to come together and enjoy an extended weekend away from school and work. Memorial Day often marks the coming of summer for schoolchildren. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. This National Holiday allows us to remember our Military Members who have passed away defending our Country as well as remembering all of our loved ones who have passed away whether they served in the military or not. Memorial Day is a day to not only respect our deceased relatives, but to also enjoy the time we have with our family that is still alive. This is a great time to help build memories that your children will remember and cherish for the rest of their lives. Children grow up fast so now is the time to enjoy your weekend off of work and spend it with your family and eat a lot of hot dogs, watermelon, and grilled corn on the cob.
Fishing is a great way to bond with your family. You do not have to be an expert fisherman to take your children fishing. The Memorial Day Holiday Weekend provides a great excuse to go fishing. If you cannot catch a fish and your kids are starting to get bored with the lack of fish then take off your shoes and dive into the lake. If you can’t beat them then join them!
Camping is the quintessential family activity for the Memorial Day weekend. Camping on Memorial Day is often crowded, but the extra people allow you and your family to meet other cool families who could become lifelong friends. Don’t forget the marshmallows when you go camping!
Camping does not have to be a complicated event. Leave the camp trailer at home and throw a tent into the back of your car. Take a cooler filled with ice and drinks and then take another cooler filled with easy to cook food such as hot dogs. If you forget something vital to camping such as matches to start a fire then you can always borrow some from the campers in the site next to yours. Regardless of where you go camping on Memorial Day Weekend you will probably have neighbors nearby.
If you have a favorite camping spot than send your un-employed nephew out a few days early to set-up camp. You know the area is going to be packed with campers so your unemployed nephew can save your favorite spot. If you wait until you get off of work on Friday than all of the good camp spots will be gone unless you send someone out there early.
Many communities will hold smaller fireworks displays. They may not be as extravagant as the 4th of July fireworks celebrations, but they are a good warm up for them. Kids love fireworks so if there is a fireworks show nearby over Memorial Day Weekend than you should take them to see it.
Barbequing up some steaks, hotdogs, chicken, sausages, and corn on the cob is a great way to spend Memorial Day. Instead of driving to a Restaurant your family will probably have more fun if you barbeque. If you want to try something new than buy some large shrimp or prawns and grill them up alongside your steak. Squeeze a little bit of fresh lime juice onto the finished product and enjoy.
6. Military Channel
Memorial Day began as a Holiday to recognize our Military members who have died. If you are not going to go camping and will be at home than watching the Military Channel with your family is a great way to let them learn about some of the most important moments of our Military history. It is imperative that we teach our children about the true meaning of Memorial Day and why we celebrate it. The Military Channel, The History Channel, and many other television networks will have educational and interesting military related shows.
Visiting the cemetery where our loved ones are buried is an annual tradition for many families. We get to laugh and share funny stories about out family members that have passed away. Many cemeteries will have special tributes done for the military. The veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) are active in many smaller communities and are often around the cemetery. These guys and gals are a wealth of historical information about the various conflicts that out Country has fought in.
Parades are one of the most popular Memorial Day Weekend events. Memorial Day parades are held throughout the United States in both large cities as well as small rural towns.
3. Respect the Red White and Blue
When the Flag is carried at the start of the Parade it is important to teach people why we should stand and place our hands over our heart. The American Flag is a large part of Memorial Day so anytime a Flag is present it should be respected.
In addition to respecting the flag feel free to paint your face up with the Stars and Stripes. Kids of all ages love to get their faces painted up and getting a flag painted on their face will make them feel very patriotic. If you got an American Flag t-shirt than Memorial Day would be a great time to wear it.
2. Donate to Wounded Soldier Charities
Donating some money or your time for a Wounded Warrior organization is a great way to help give back to these brace service members who have lost a lot to help protect our Country.
1. National Moment of Remembrance
At 3:00 local time there is always a National Moment of Remembrance observed for 1 minute. You can salute, bow you head in silence, or any other method you choose. It is important to teach our children about the significance of observing the National Moment of Remembrance.