Since the Memorial Day holiday always falls on the last Monday of May, the occasion will take place on the 30th of May this year. Memorial Day is a deeply patriotic holiday observed by many Americans, in which we commemorate and honor the lives of those who have passed away while serving the armed forces. As such, it’s important to show our respect by remembering our fallen soldiers during this particular day. Of course, since it will be a three-day weekend, many families are planning to spend this holiday together by either spending time outdoors or having a cookout. These are the usual Memorial Day activities that can do no wrong, but let’s say you want to change it up a little this year, these are our recommendations.
Watch the National Memorial Day Concert
The National Memorial Day Concert is an annual event hosted by the Public Broadcasting Service, which honors the lives of our servicemen and servicewomen. The concert is always broadcasted on the last Sunday of May, so you can mark your calendars for the 29th of May this year at 8 p.m ET.
Tour the White House, Virtually
Always wanted to tour the White House? Well, now you can with this virtual tour that’s made available by The White House Historical Association. There’s nothing as iconic as our White House, the official residence and office of the President of the United States and his or her family.
Donate to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs
Unfortunately, many veterans face difficulties after spending years in the army. Common issues include unemployment, homelessness, physical disabilities, poor mental health, and many more. As these servicemen and women have helped to protect our country, it’s only right to support them as much as we can. If you’re in the capability to do so, consider donating or sending gifts to the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs.
Visit a National Veterans Cemetery
It’s impossible for all of us to visit the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Memorial Day weekend, but there are other National Veterans Cemetery located around the United States. Here, you can place the American flag on the resting places of our fallen servicemen and women.
Take a Road Trip
Make use of this three-day weekend by taking a road trip with your family members. Whether you’re exploring another city or town or heading to the woods for some quiet time, a road trip is a wonderful way to play tourist in our own country, while bonding with our loved ones.
Spend Time at the Beach
If the weather is good, why not take this opportunity to head to the beach? During Memorial Day weekend, many families will bring out their beachwear and picnic necessities, and spend time under the sun. Considering that Memorial Day is also seen as an official way to kick start the summer season, there’s really no activity more fun and de-stressing than to be near the ocean. Do note to check for beach openings and abide by any rules and regulations.