22 May A Memorial Day Weekend to Remember
Memorial Day weekend marks the “unofficial” start of the summer for many of us. And the “official” start of grilling season for most of us. It is also a weekend of parades to honor the men and women who have served and sacrificed themselves for the freedoms we enjoy each day. Below are a few ideas to make this weekend one to remember in more ways than one:
Not So Random Act of Kindness – As you go through your weekend, you may well encounter an active or retired military personnel at a grocery store or coffee shop. Do something spontaneous and buy them a coffee or pastry. It doesn’t have to be conspicuous. It may seem small and insignificant, but it is the action that will speak louder than words.
Make a donation for a military family – Having lost a family member and needing to raise a family with less resources is a huge challenge. So every dollar is stretched to make the most of the little they have. Consider donating (or fundraising) money or new items to a military organization like these.
Cook a meal for a family in need – While a lot of families do this during the end of the year holidays, it can just as well be done at any time during the year and will surely be greatly appreciated. There are many organizations focused on the holidays but they will know the local military families that would be all too happy to get a homecooked meal. Check out this organization, but there are many more that can help.
Take a pause to remember the fallen – In 2000, Congress passed the “National Moment of Remembrance” whereby Americans are asked to pause at 3pm local time to remember the fallen. It is a small gesture that speaks volumes.
Invariably, your Memorial Day weekend will also be filled with food and celebration. So here are a few ideas to make it extra special!
Try a new ingredient – Never heard of chayote? Shy away from jicama? Have no clue what to do with fiddlehead ferns? Pinterest and other recipe site are loaded with ideas! Try one and bring it to the barbecue as a side dish. It will get people talking and who knows, you might find someone who has tried it already and has a great recipe for it!
Make it a CookOver – Instead of having guests come over with their dishes already prepared, have them bring their ingredients and cook together with you! It’s a great way to catch up and learn a new recipe or cooking technique!
Whatever you do this Memorial Day Weekend, make it memorable for you and everyone you interact with!