Can you believe that Memorial Day is just around the corner?! With social distancing measures still at play in many of your neighborhoods you are probably wondering how to celebrate this holiday along with the unofficial start of summer.
We’ve got four ways for you to observe the holiday without breaking shelter-at-home orders:
1 Attend Virtual Memorial Day Event Many states usually observe Memorial Day by hosting large events for everyone to gather around and celebrate, but due to the circumstances this year those most likely won’t be taking place. Much like the virtual proms and concerts, we have been witnessing local governments have decided to take their celebrations online.
Dawson County, for example, will be hosting an online event on social media sites filled with speeches and a memorial video remembering all the veterans that have passed. Make sure to ask around or search the internet to see what type of online events will be going on in your area.
2 Virtually Tour Famous Battlegrounds To shine a positive light on this pandemic lots of educational and historical sites are now offering interactive virtual tours under their online resources. The nation’s war memorials are included in these online resources, which makes it easy to celebrate the spirit of Memorial Day from home. A perfect example is the Vietnam Memorial, which is user friendly and enables visitors to virtually search the wall for the names of those who have passed; including a photo gallery and online guestbooks for visitors to sign.
3 History Trivia + Crafts A lot of us have been passing away the time by participating in interactive games or crafty activities with family and friends, whether through Zoom or at home, so why not do something history related?
Create a Kahoot or Jeopardy game to play at home or virtually with family and friends to test yourselves and crown the ultimate history wiz amongst yourselves. Make the game more interesting by adding your own penalties and prizes. As for crafty activities come to a cohesive decision with your group on what you would all like to create, this could range from Memorial Day themed suncatchers to patriotic layered drinks. Have fun!!
4 Support Veteran Organizations + Small Businesses Memorial Day is an important day to remember our nation’s veterans as well as support small businesses in your area. With that in mind, for our nation’s veterans donating your time by writing letters of thanks to deployed troops, veterans, wounded heroes, and first responders through the Operation Gratitude project or even giving a donation. As for small businesses if you don’t feel like prepping your whole Memorial Day feast, find a restaurant in your area and order in or even businesses like ourselves whose products are made in the U.S. that support your daily needs.