Happy Memorial Day! It’s a national day for tributes and recognition for those we lost during war time or service to our country. Cities and counties schedule Memorial Day tributes that include memorial services at local cemeteries or on county courthouse lawns.
It’s also a popular kick-off to summer! Most families celebrate Memorial Day with backyard barbeques, trips to the beach, or picnics in the park.
If you’re looking for a way to honor and recognize Memorial Day with your aging parent or loved one, but you’re not certain that a loud picnic or crowded day at the beach is the best venue, here’s a few alternative ways to celebrate your own private Memorial Day.
1. A drive through city streets and neighboring parks.
Many neighborhoods and commerce areas adorn their streets and sidewalks with our nation’s flag. The colorful display can be eye catching and may evoke memories and discussions of past celebrations.
2. Join in the fun.
Add a flag to your day’s routine and show your colors in your own front lawn.
3. Catch a local band.
Often, local bands and symphonies schedule patriotic concerts in parks, town squares, or outdoor band shells. If a local music event isn’t an option, load of your car with patriotic tunes during your drive about town.
4. Add color to your meal.
A colorful red gelatin dessert topped with whipped topping and decorated with blueberries and strawberries makes a perfect flag.
5. Don’t forget to wear your poppy.
Many Veterans of Foreign War units sell paper poppies as a fundraiser and the poppy is a common Memorial Day symbol.
Please take a moment and remember what Memorial Day means to you and your family.