Since 1971, Memorial Day has been celebrated on the last Monday in May. After the end of the Civil War, this day of remembrance was made to celebrate and honor those who died in the war. Throughout the following decades, the day slowly changed into a day of honoring all men and women who have died defending our country. Many visit the grave sites of loved ones to honor their memory; others use the three day weekend to travel to see family and friends.
This annual extended weekend is often seen as the “start of the summer”. Especially for school age children who are itching for summer break! So, what are you doing this Memorial Day? If you haven’t already made plans, here are some fun Memorial Day activities, traditions and ideas you may want to take part in this Monday, May 25.
Memorial Day Activities to Try:
- Raise the American flag in honor of the memory of our fallen soldiers – display at half-staff until noon.
- Attend a Memorial Day parade in your area.
- Plan a game day with your kids – get creative, you have an extra day to play this weekend!
- Visit the grave of a fallen loved one or attend a memorial service for the fallen men and women who served throughout history.
- Get out and enjoy the outdoors! Go for a hike or if you have your fishing license, grab your fishing pole and take the family out to catch some dinner.
- Wear the traditional Red Poppies in remembrance of the fallen.
- Throw a barbeque with close friends and family.
- Partake in the “National Moment of Remembrance” – where at 3pm local time a moment of silence is observed in remembrance.
- Take a little time out of your day with the kids to discuss the meaning behind Memorial Day
- Pack a lunch, load up the kids and go for a picnic!
Happy Memorial Day to all and may you have a happy and safe holiday weekend.