So we’ve got Memorial Day and the long weekend coming up. Don’t quite know what to do? Here are some ideas, besides the regular shopping, relaxing and traveling.
- Go to the parade – Many towns have a Memorial Day parade. Go attend one and cheer the guys. Show your support and your patriotism. It is important to take the kids along, so that they learn to value the sacrifice of the brave soldiers who laid down their lives for the future generations.
- Show some love – If you know a military family or a veteran, this is the time of the year to actually show them some love. Take a bunch of flowers when you drop in to say a quick hello or simply let the flowers do the talking. It’s a great way to show your appreciation and, if you don’t know them too well, a great ice-breaking idea as well.
- Contribute to a good cause – You can choose this day to contribute to a good cause. Look for the local fund raisers that work for widows of fallen soldiers and orphans. You could even donate for the betterment of disabled veterans. Better still, spend some time hanging out with them.
- Observe the National Moment of Remembrance – You don’t need to do anything special to observe the National Moment of remembrance. All you need to do is precisely at 3 p.m., drop whatever you are doing and dedicate one minute out of your day to pay a heartfelt tribute to all soldiers.
- Start a family tradition – This Memorial Day, you could start a new family tradition. Some families go to the cemetery and pay their respects by laying flowers at the graves of soldiers. Yet others leave coins, to contribute to the upkeep of the graves. Many others make it a point to watch the Memorial Day Concert. Sit together, select a tradition and then follow it through the years. It’ll be a great way for the family to bond as well.
- Paint the town red and blue – Go patriotic in red and blue. You could hoist the American flag at half- staff until midday. If you are having a party, you can use the same color theme. You can also put up buntings, garden flags and wreaths. Let the kids have fun with some face painting activities.
No matter what you do, don’t forget to think of the brave souls. There’s a lot we owe them. So, happy celebrating and Happy Memorial Day!