Happy Belated Memorial Day!
As this year continues to fly by, we find ourselves celebrating a holiday that honors all of those who have given their lives to our country’s defense.
Many Americans pay tribute to fallen soldiers by visiting memorials and cemeteries around the country. Some may even remember Memorial Day as “Decoration Day,” which originated after the Civil War to honor both the Union and Confederate soldiers.
Although this day is meant to remember those we have lost, it is also an excellent occasion to spend time with those who matter most. No matter where you are in the country, donning patriotic colors, raising the American flag, thanking a veteran, and enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends are a few ways to give thanks to everyone who made an impact for the rest of us.
As a native Midwesterner, I personally treasure this time of year by welcoming in both the boating and BBQ season. There is no shortage of lakes in Minnesota and the combination of grilling outside, cranking the tunes on the water, and catching up with family and friends is something I look forward to every year.
Of course, there many national traditions based on Memorial Day, but for many of us, we have created our own traditions during the holiday weekend. Maybe it’s participating in a parade with your family? Or making your famous brats on the grill? Perhaps it’s as simple as looking through old photos of your family and hearing about the tales you have heard about time and time again.
I encourage you to share how you spend Memorial Weekend and the traditions you celebrate with your loved ones.