Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend Safely
Although this Memorial Day Weekend might not look the same as years past, there are still some ways to observe and celebrate the day in a safe and responsible way.
The History of Memorial Day
You probably enjoy Memorial Day as a three-day weekend and a great time to lounge poolside. While those are certainly reasons to celebrate, the holiday has an important history and significance. The holiday started after the Civil War as a way to honor soldiers. In 1967, the day became formally recognized as Memorial Day. Since, it has continued to be observed as a day to remember those who have sacrificed for our country and to honor and recognize past and current service members.
Although we can’t travel right now, the internet provides endless opportunities to learn and explore from a safe distance. Take a virtual tour of the White House through Google Arts and Culture and learn about the history of our nation’s capital. You can also “attend” PBS’s virtual Memorial Day concert on Sunday, May 24th and catch live performances by Trace Adkins, the National Symphony Orchestra and more!
Have Fun with DIYs
Feeling crafty during quarantine? Embrace your creative side and try some DIYs for Memorial Day! Make some red, white and blue decor items and enjoy a fun activity that provides decor for years to come. Red poppies are a symbol of Memorial Day, often worn on the day as a sign of remembrance. It’s easy to make your own using tissue paper—just follow this guide. You could also take advantage of the beautiful weather and head outside to create some patriotic chalk art that brightens up our city and brings a smile to everyone on their daily walks.
Make the Most of Social Media
Social media is another way that we can celebrate together during this time of distance. The American Legion is observing Memorial Day virtually by collecting the names of service members to be shared and celebrated via social media with the hashtag #VirtualMemorialDay. Also, consider writing a tweet or Facebook tribute post for your own profile to show your support for the holiday and servicemembers.
Simplicity Is Significant
Sometimes, even a simple act can be significant. At 3pm on Memorial Day, you can partake in the National Moment of Remembrance and take a moment of silence to recognize soldiers, veterans and all those who have served. Another great idea is to listen to veterans’ stories, whether by reading a military memoir, checking out Storycorps oral history, or talking to a vetran you know personally. You can also watch a patriotic movie that recognizes the sacrifice of servicemembers.
In Our City
There’s also plenty to do right here in Baltimore. Paying a visit to the Korean War Memorial at the Canton Waterfront Park is a great way to get outdoors and honor the day. The memorial lists the names of 527 Maryland residents who died during the war. You could also donate flowers through Memorial Day Flowers, a foundation that recognizes fallen soldiers by putting a flower on their grave.
If you do any of these activities or recognize MDW in your own way, make sure to share photos with us on our social channels. We hope you and your loved ones are safe, healthy and happy and #LiveYourAnthem!