By: K'nicia King
Many people in the U.S. look forward to celebrating Memorial Day with loved ones every year. The three-day weekend gives those a chance to indulge in getaway vacations, feast at BBQs, swimming in lakes, and more exciting outdoor activities. Unfortunately, 2020 had other plans. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), many are now practicing safe social distancing, but that doesn’t mean the celebration can’t go on! Check out this list of social-distance approved Memorial Day ideas to help you celebrate this coming Monday, May 25th.
PBS will present the National Memorial Day Concert this coming Sunday, May 24th at 8PM on various stations. The multi-award winning event will host and honor numerous military service members and veterans. Along with star-studded performers such as Laurence Fishburne, CeCe Winans, Kelli O’Hara, and more! Tune in to extraordinary stories and help support our troops. To learn more, visit their website and stay updated with their Facebook page.
Did you know that Memorial Day was previously called “Decoration Day”? Though we decorate for the holiday every year, that’s not why it was called this. This weekend, take some time out and learn more about the significance of Memorial Day. Read about the history and even watch an old parade from 1936 here!
The holiday wouldn’t be a celebration without a little decoration, or a lot! Memorial Day weekend is a time for gathering and you’re home could be the perfect spot this year around. Create the perfect patriotic atmosphere with the colors red, white, and blue. Cover the tableclothes with colored coded cupcakes, add mini American flags to your wreaths, even post flags around your home in rememberance. Just add some tunes and let the celebration begin. Check out these cool ideas for decorating your home below.
With so many fun things going on during the weekend, it is easy to forget what the day really is about. However, there are ways to honor those who have served for the country. Country Living offers several ways such as taking a moment of silence, visiting a local cemetary and paying tribute to a fallen soldier. Also, you can show support by donating to the U.S. Department of Vetaran’s Affairs.
Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer, and it wouldn’t be the same without a good BBQ. Throw some hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, steaks and more on the grill. Watch it sizzle-- then pair it with endless side dishes for the whole family. Below are some delicious ideas to choose from this year. Retailers such as Michaels and Party City provide excellent decorations and fun yard games to keep the party going all weekend!
Toddlers will get a kick out of this, send sweet messages through art! Show a fellow veteran some support this year by showing creativity. Chalk art is one of the best ways to get the message across to those passing by. Make someone smile by simply writing “Thank You” in red, white, and blue. Another way to honor those who served, is by sending a message via social media and tagging the person personally. Ideas are endless on how to show your support.
BronxNet Television will also like to say THANK YOU to those who have served, we extend our gratitude to you all. Have a safe and fun Memorial Day everyone!