We can’t travel this year. How can I make Memorial Day special for my family while staying on a budget?
Honoring Our Fallen Heroes
Dear Honoring Our Fallen Heroes,
First, thank you for remembering that this national holiday is far more than a time to shop and play.
Memorial Day was founded to commemorate those who died to preserve the Union during the Civil War. It was originally called Decoration Day because people would decorate the graves of the fallen. After we entered World War I, it became a day to remember all who gave their lives in America’s wars. The last Monday of May is dedicated to the holiday. On this day, the American flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon then raised to the top of the pole until sunset. Officially, a pause for one minute of silence should be observed at 3 p.m.
The extended weekend has become the event that ushers in summer for Americans. People celebrate coast to coast with barbecues, picnics, and parades. The impact of Covid on last year’s celebration may increase the nation’s desire to celebrate this year.
Through the years, for some, Memorial Day has morphed into a weekend of entertainment. Some escape to a beach, lake, or holiday destination. Others look forward to the annual sales. Clothing, home furnishings, grills, and appliances usually top the list.
Make it Special
In addition to flying your American flag and attending a local parade, to make the celebration special while also saving money, I recommend that you host a cookout at your home and invite the family of a fallen soldier to be your guest. Ask them if they would be willing to share their story with your guests. Show them the respect and honor that is due them for their sacrifice and loss. Here is a possible guide for your event:
Traditionally, menus involve hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, or steak. Expect to spend more money this year on grocery items and gasoline. Examine your finances, and leave yourself margin. Don’t spend more than you should because the entire summer lies before you.
After observing the reason for the national holiday, this can be a time to actually earn money. If you are home alone or have the time, these ideas by Rachel Slifka may work for you.
Remembering and Honoring Those Who Gave Their All
“War is sweet to those who have not experienced it.” (Quoted by Erasmus in his Adages) It is traumatic for those who experience the horror. We thank God for our soldiers and those who gave their all to protect and defend our freedoms.
This article was originally published on The Christian Post on May 21, 2021
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