Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and while we typically focus on helping put your best foot forward with food and beverage ideas (which won’t change), I loved these tips from Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette expert, on ways in which you can honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice as part of your overall celebrations.
Schweitzer is the founder of Access to Culture, and offers these tips to acknowledge history, and incorporate respect in an authentic, yet contemporary, recognition of Memorial Day.
- Invite a Veteran: Take the time to thank a veteran, invite them to your gathering, or take them to a meal early in the day. Show your appreciation year-round by volunteering at the local VFW, or VA hospital.
- National Moment of Remembrance: The National Moment of Remembrance was created by President William Clinton to observe a full minute of silence at 3:00 p.m. (local time everywhere) on Memorial Day, to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many to provide freedom. Plan a pause in the festivities a few minutes before 3:00 p.m. so that guests have time to settle down before sharing a moment of silence.
- Remember the Reason: Before guests dive into the dip, thank them for joining your celebration and say a few words regarding the true holiday meaning. Recognize all veterans present and thank them for their sacrifice. While Memorial Day is a day of family fun, it’s important to remember those who gave their all.
- Red Poppies: With a nod to history, serve red poppy-themed desserts, such as poppy cupcakes or a lemon poppyseed cake. You can also find red-themed desserts and goodies at your local grocery store or bakery.
The food and beverage ideas will continue to come as we help you prepare for those aspects of your celebrations. But I felt it important, to remind us all not to forget the reason behind this holiday. Thanks for your service, dad!