For a lot of people, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer. The days are long, the weather is gorgeous, and a three-day weekend is the perfect time to take a much-needed break from the grind of daily life.
But it’s important to remember that Memorial Day is more than a nice day to break out the grill. Memorial Day is a day to remember and celebrate the lives and sacrifices of our brave men and women in the armed forces.
That being said, we’ve put together a quick guide so you can have an easy, breezy, beautiful Memorial Day weekend.
Step 1: When it comes to travel, prepare for the worst.
The Flying McCoys by Glenn McCoy and Gary McCoy
A three-day weekend means millions of people will be piling into planes, trains and automobiles for some much-needed vacation time. Be prepared for long waits in TSA lines and heavy road traffic — or do yourself a favor and have a staycation instead.
Step 2: At noon on Memorial Day, remember to raise your American flag to full-staff.
Just Say Uncle by Dan Pavelich
According to usmemorialday.org, “The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.”
Step 3: Have a backup plan when it comes to food.
Drabble by Kevin Fagan
After a cold winter and a wet, rainy spring, many people are excited to fire up their grills for the first official cookout of the summer. But don’t be surprised if you (or your grill!) are rusty! Maybe buy a few frozen pizzas, just in case.
Step 4: Don’t forget to say thanks to veterans.
Flo and Friends by Jenny Campbell
If you have a veteran in your life, be sure to thank them for their service — especially this weekend.
Step 5: Take advantage of the nice weather.
Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Take it from Calvin and Hobbes — a long summer day is a great chance to go exploring. Climb a tree, go for a swim, catch a firefly … get outside and soak up the sun.
Step 6: Pause for a moment to reflect.
Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis
For many people, Memorial Day weekend is a much-needed break — but for many others, it’s a bittersweet reminder of loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice. Take a moment to remember them.
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We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!