Making Memorial Day Fun, but also Filled with Gratitude

A TV network just told me that 39.3 million people plan to travel this Memorial Day. The same report let me know that between today and Labor Day, 7 BILLION hot dogs will be eaten (that’s 818 per second). While that is all fascinating, there are far more important facts about this day of remembrance.

While we are celebrating, having fun, traveling, and eating favorite summer foods with family and friends, we should also acknowledge the intention of this holiday: remembering and honoring the brave men and women who gave their lives to protect our freedom. Freedom isn’t free.

It has always been a time for reflection and gratitude in my family. My father, four uncles and a husband all served in the military…Navy, Air Force and Army. Both my grandmothers each had 2 sons bravely serving at the same time during war. Families of our military must also show courage. While all my military family members have now gone to heaven, we were blessed that they all made it safely back from their military duty. Many do not.

Here are a few favorite quotes I found to remind us of the significance of this day, followed by some fun holiday recipes to enjoy.

“I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.” – Ronald Reagan

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” – Maya Angelou

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” — George S. Patton

“And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me” —  Lee Greenwood

Now absolutely, go have fun and enjoy this special holiday! People served and died to make sure you get to do that! Just pause and remember to be grateful.

I did a little research and found some quick and easy fun food ideas to celebrate Memorial Day. And they all work for July 4th!

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Firecracker Hot Dogs
A delicious recipe borrowed from KickingitwithKelly.com
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Insert skewers all the way through hot dogs leaving about ½ inch exposed at the top for the cheese.
  3. Wrap breadstick dough around each hot dog starting at the bottom.
  4. Place on baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees according to breadstick directions. While the hot dogs are baking, use a small star shaped cookie cutter to cut out cheese stars.
  5. After hot dogs cool slightly, stick a cheese star on the top.
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Fruit and Feta Salad
Recipe borrowed from thecookierookie.com
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Salad
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine Salad
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Spread lettuce on salad plates. Sprinkle with berries and feta cheese. Drizzle with dressing.
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Patriotic Strawberries
Recipe borrowed from thesisterscafe.com
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry the strawberries. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave. Put the sugar in a bowl.
  2. Dip the lower two thirds of the berries in the chocolate. Then dip the lower one third in the blue sugar.
  3. Place on waxed paper until completely cooled.
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Tell Me: How are you spending Memorial Day weekend?

 

4 Comments
  1. These are all great recipes and reminders of how precious our freedom is and grateful we are for our brave military past and present!

  2. Dear Barbara – I cannot tell you how much your posting means to me personally. We are in Charleston with the friends we have been with for more than 20 years to celebrate the Spoleto Festival. For years now we have attended the Charleston Men’s Chorus Memorial Day Service in St. Philip’s Church..such a beautiful service you can hardly imagine! Of course, our family members who served are very very close to me on this day. Thank you for reminding everyone of the debt of gratitude we owe. With love and appreciation,

    1. I so love hearing from you! Thank you for this meaningful message. I love hearing that you continue your wonderful Charleston tradition! I remember how special that is. I would love a visit from you! XOX

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