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Memorial Day is this weekend, and with it, many people are planning one of the first big events of the summer. This isn’t just like any other summer get-together, though. Memorial Day is a time to remember and honor those who fight for our country, so read on below for four ways to celebrate the holiday in a way that respects them.
A classic Memorial Day barbecue
One common Memorial Day tradition is to have a barbecue with friends and family while remembering those who’ve served our country. You can make classic barbecue foods like chicken or hamburgers, or spice it up with something like grilled shrimp or kielbasa dogs.
To take your Memorial Day barbecue to the next level, try making patriotic desserts like cookies with red, white, and blue frosting or an American flag cake with strawberries and blueberries on top.
Watch a patriotic movie
If you want to celebrate Memorial Day in a more laid-back way, try watching a patriotic movie with friends and considering how hard military service can be. This can be a great time to boot up a classic military movie like Top Gun or Saving Private Ryan.
If you want something more educational, there are plenty of great wartime documentaries out as well. PBS and the History Channel both have lots of documentaries detailing our nation’s struggles in Vietnam, Korea, and more.
Decorate in red, white, and blue
If you want your home to look perfect for your memorial day celebrations, there’s no better way than to decorate in red, white, and blue. This doesn’t have to be expensive. There are plenty of simple and cheap things that can add a patriotic touch to your home without breaking the bank just for one holiday. Try buying a red, white, and blue tablecloth, balloons, or string lights.
There’s nothing more patriotic than the American flag, so hanging a flag is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday and honor our servicemen and women. If you have a flagpole or a mount for a small flag in front of your home, this is a great time to use it, but otherwise, you can buy small flags that stick in the yard or hang up inside your home.
Write letters or send packages to soldiers
Memorial Day is a day to celebrate America, but the real purpose is to remember and respect our armed forces. The best way to celebrate Memorial Day is to reach out to active or retired servicepeople. If you have a friend or relative who’s served or is serving in the military, give them a call or write them a letter thanking them for their service.
Sending a care package to a member of the military is another great way to show your support. If you don’t know anyone in the military, some services let you send a package to the military, and it’ll be given to a soldier in need or who doesn’t receive mail from home often.