Memorial Day 2015
The smell of BBQ’s fills the air, families lay out picnics wherever they can find a free spot of grass and there is a steady flow of alcohol thorughout the day. However, let’s take a second to pay our respects and remember the real reason we get the day off from work and school.
A Little Trip Through History…
On the last Monday in May we celebrate the lives of the fallen soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice to allow us to live in America, the land of the free.
Memorial Day started in 1868. On May 30th, John Logan, National Commander of the Grand Amry of the Republican, dedicated this day to strewing flowers over the graves of Civil War soldiers. It was not the anniversary of a particular battle, so it was initially named, Decoration Day.
New York was the first state to recognize Decoration Day as a holiday in 1973, and the rest of the northern states quickly followed. The Southern states refused to recognize the day until 1971 when it was officially made a national holiday.
What’s The Story Behind The Red Poppies?
Poet Moina Michael wrote a verse in response to the poem, In Flanders Field. She was the first to wear a red poppy in honor of those who died during battle and proceeded to sell red poppies to her friends and collegues. The money raised was then used to help the servicemen. The tradition slowly spread througout America and then caught on internationally. Today, England and France also wear red poppies to symbolize fallen soldiers.
“We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.”
In 1948, Moina was honored by the US Postal Service for her role in the national poppy movement.
The Modern Memorial Day
Today, Memorial Day is often spent with family and friends, eating and drinking together in celebration of America. We drink beer, grill burgers and wear red, white and blue to show our patriotism.
Here are a few reasons why Memorial Day is one of our favorite holidays!
If you even think about wearing a color other than red, white or blue on Memorial Day there’s a high possibility your US Citizenship will be revoked…just kidding (kind of).
The competition of the most patriotically dressed is on, so rummage through your closet and get creative!
If you’re planning on going to the beach, a US flag bikini is a must, but a mash-up of red, white and blue is also acceptable.
Every piece of clothing imaginable can be found with an American flag printed on, so there is NO excuse if you show up without it.
And if all else fails just wrap that American flag you have hanging at home around you and voilà!
Friends and Family
This holiday would be nothing if we didn’t spend it with those we love. Whether you have lost someone close through the war or not, it is especially important that while we honor the fallen, we also appreciate the company of those special to us.
If you live away from family or friends, make an effort to give them a call and let the know how much they mean to you because life is precious and life is short!!
With the sweet smell of BBQ in the air and picnics laid out all over the grass it is impossible not to indulge yourself! Here are some of our memorial day faves
- Burgers – What’s more patriotic than a good ol’ American burger?
- Hot Dogs – …and the same goes for hot dogs!
- Ribs – Yes, they’re messy but they’re so worth getting bbq sauce all over your face!
- BBQ chicken – The less messy version of ribs.
- Guacamole – Because no picnic is complete without chips and guac!
- Sandwiches – …again because it would’t be a picnic without sandwiches.
- Potato Salad – I’m not sure who eats this, but have you ever been to a picnic without a potato salad?
Now you’re going to need something to wash down all that food! Whether you’re a beer or wine lover or a sucker for those sweet cocktails, we’ve got something for everyone!
Beer – Heineken, Budweiser or Corona…basically as long as it’s cold and they keep on coming we’re not too picky!
Wine – We reccommend a crisp, cold white wine if it’s a nice sunny day, like a trusty Pinot Grigio
Cocktails – If it’s before lunch what else could we possibly suggest other than a mimosa? Start the day with a refreshing cocktail, while not forgetting about your vitiman C! Then, we suggest moving onto the more serious cocktails, and if you want to be really patriotic a long island ice tea is your answer!
So between the eating and drinking, take a second to step back and remember the real reason today is a National Holiday.
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!