Memorial Day is a very important day for all of us, as it serves as a way to honor those who have battled and died in defense of this great nation, we call home. It is an American holiday commemorating the men and women who died while fighting in the United States military. It is celebrated on the last Monday of the month of May.
Also known as Decoration Day, this day was established following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
Even during this pandemic situation, we must not forget our patriotism. As the formal start of summer, Memorial Day conjures up images of barbecues, beach days, and time off. But it’s important to note what Memorial Day is all about: honoring the men and women who have lost their lives while serving in the military.
Take time out of your day on May 31 to participate in one (or more!) of these Memorial Day events that honor our fallen veterans while still assisting those who continue to fight for our freedoms.
If you’re searching for virtual activities or ones that you can do outdoors with your family and friends, there’s plenty on this blog for you to do on Memorial Day to honor the holiday’s true meaning.
But first, let’s talk about the history of Memorial Day!
So, stay tuned and read on to know more!
History of Memorial Day!
The Civil War, which ended in 1865, took more lives than any other battle in American history and necessitated creating the country’s first national cemeteries. By the late 1860s, Americans around the country had started paying springtime tributes to these numerous fallen veterans, placing flowers on their graves and reciting prayers.
|Fact: Did You Know? Every year on Memorial Day, at 3:00 p.m. local time, a national moment of remembrance is held.|
The holiday originated to honor American military forces who died in all conflicts, including World War II, the Vietnam War, the Korean War, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan after the United States became involved in another global conflict during World War I.
Now, without wasting any further time, let’s all talk about our central topic, i.e., 10 Fun Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day 2021 With Your Family and Friends!
1. Pay Tribute to Our Fallen Soldiers!
The most solemn occasions are expected to have the most significant effect. Military cemeteries also host a remembrance service on Memorial Day, with speeches by active or retired troops remembering those who have died in the line of duty.
For Memorial Day, several military museums and monuments are hosting similar activities. Military museums are a fun and educational place for the whole family to learn about our military and remember our veterans.
2. Get Up for a Fun Barbeque Dinner Night!
What can be more fun than an exotic family barbeque dinner night? Nothing, right? To welcome the unofficial start of summer, gather for a fun barbeque dinner outdoors.
Keep the dishes and decor simple; the centerpiece of this summer table should be a bouquet of fresh-from-the-garden blooms. Serve recipes with seasonal ingredients include tomatoes, asparagus, and greens.
3. Perform A Prayer!
Isn’t Memorial Day all about remembering our military forces who gave up their lives serving the nation? Memorial Day is a day dedicated solely to honoring veterans who have given their lives in the service of our country’s defense and independence.
Take a moment to say a prayer for those who have served our country and for the welfare of our military personnel.
4. Decorate and Light Up Your Room!
Stay at home with your family and friends and decorate your living room in red, white, and blue.
Memorial Day is an excellent opportunity to wave our red, white, and blue flag proudly!
Allow the kids to participate in the festivities by hanging flags from the house and on the lawn. There’s never been a better chance to display your patriotism, and stripes and stars will look fantastic in your yard!
Hanging these decorations is more fun, even though no one is coming over for a party to see them. This is an enjoyable Memorial Day activity for a kid; if you have a creative child, you can design your own decorations.
Create or purchase a Memorial Day poppy for a more conventional choice.
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5. Make Patriotic Cakes or Have a Family Pizza Party!
What’s the trick to throwing a summer pizza party this Memorial Day 2021? It’s your grill!
Take all of the pizza toppings outside and prepare them on the grill. Allow each child to personalize their own, and serve simple sides such as salad and a charcuterie board. To celebrate the start of summer, everybody enjoys a tasty treat.
Such red, white, and blue desserts range from cupcakes and cookies to brownies and berry pies and make a delicious and mouthwatering finish to your backyard barbecue.
6. Overseas Support for Our Troops!
Sending a care package is the most direct way to show your love for our soldiers. Showing respect for our fallen veterans’ fellow warriors is a beautiful way to preserve their legacy.
Snacks, grooming products, magazines, and even video games are commonly included in these care packages. You may arrange care packages and even “adopt” a soldier and get him letters and cards from various groups.
7. Picking Berries!
About Memorial Day, sweet strawberries and blueberries will be in season, so go berry picking and have some fresh and natural ingredients for your next dessert.
8. Watch A Movie Outdoors!
The Memorial Day weekend isn’t the time to be cooped up indoors!
Set up an outdoor movie screen for the boys. It’s simpler than you might imagine, and it’s a great Memorial Day concept that you can use all summer. Don’t hesitate to bring up some popcorn.
9. Take a Bike Riding Session!
Get a dual-holiday party of your Memorial Day celebrations for kids if you’re into lesser-known, “just-for-fun” holidays.
It’s National Bike Month in May!
Memorial Day weekend is a perfect time to take a ride in the newly mild weather, mainly if you haven’t ridden your two-wheeler since last summer or fall. Bike riding, like fruit picking, can be a socially isolating activity.
10. Make a Call to Those You Care For!
Last but not least, this is a fantastic activity for every day, particularly right now. However, we’ve been in quarantine in the United States for over a year, and it’s fun to catch up with loved ones outside of the “big-time” holidays like Thanksgiving and Easter.
Furthermore, since many people will have the day off work, it might be an excellent opportunity to plan a pre-arranged family or acquaintance conversation.
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