Memorial Day: Remembering in Your Town
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. If you’re lucky enough to get a few days off, it’s time to crack open a cold one and enjoy a little well-earned rest. Memorial Day wasn’t always a three-day party. It was originally intended as a quiet, solemn day, a time to remember those who gave their lives in service to our country. With that spirit in mind, and in consideration of the current state of affairs across the planet, here are some ways you can observe the holiday.
Of course, attending a big blowout or even a large family gathering may be a bit challenging during these days of social distancing. So why not celebrate Memorial Day by remembering in your town? Do you know the history of your town? The people and events that made it what it is today? Every town has someone who served in the armed forces or someone who made a contribution to their country. Take the time to find out. It might mean an extensive internet search or visiting a forgotten cemetery half-choked in ivy. Maybe there’s a park dedicated to a local hero or a veteran who remembers. You won’t know unless you find out.
Everyone knows the big events in history, but most people forget the smaller ones that help shape the character of a place. You don’t have to spend time and money traveling to a big Memorial Day event—not when there’s an interesting adventure waiting for you in the hamlet you call home. Give it a try this holiday. You might be surprised by what you find.