Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States that honors and remembers the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. It is always observed on the last Monday of May, which falls on May 29th in 2023.
Memorial Day is not only a day of solemn remembrance, but also a day of celebration and gratitude for the freedom and democracy that our fallen heroes fought for. Here are a few ways you can celebrate Memorial Day in 2023:
Attend a parade or ceremony. Many cities and towns across the country host parades and ceremonies to honor the fallen soldiers and veterans. You can find a local event near you on the official website of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Some of the most famous parades include the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., the Chicago Memorial Day Parade, and the New York City Memorial Day Parade.
Visit a memorial or cemetery. Another way to pay tribute to the fallen heroes is to visit a memorial or cemetery where they are buried or commemorated. You can lay flowers, flags, or wreaths on their graves or monuments, or simply say a prayer or a thank you. Some of the most iconic memorials include the Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the World War II Memorial.
Fly the flag. One of the simplest and most patriotic ways to celebrate Memorial Day is to fly the American flag at your home or business. You can also wear red, white, and blue clothing or accessories to show your support. According to the U.S. Flag Code, you should display the flag at half-staff until noon, and then raise it to full-staff for the rest of the day.
Enjoy a barbecue or picnic. Memorial Day is also a great opportunity to enjoy some quality time with your family and friends over a delicious barbecue or picnic. You can grill burgers, hot dogs, chicken, or ribs, and serve them with salads, corn, baked beans, and other sides. You also can make some patriotic desserts, such as flag cakes, pies, or cupcakes. Don’t forget to toast to the heroes who made this day possible!
Watch a movie or read a book. If you prefer to stay indoors or relax after a busy day, you can watch a movie or read a book that relates to Memorial Day or military history. Some of the movies you can watch include Saving Private Ryan, The Hurt Locker, Black Hawk Down, and American Sniper. Some of the books you can read include Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell, and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.
Memorial Day is a special day that reminds us of the sacrifices and courage of our military heroes. By celebrating this day in any of these ways, you can show your respect and appreciation for their service and legacy. Happy Memorial Day!
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