Some suggestions as to how to spend your Memorial Day weekend.
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and people across the United States will spend this long weekend celebrating family and fun. But don’t forget to honor the fallen, as that’s what the holiday is really about.
Remember the sacrifices
Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have died in service to their country, and parades and other ceremonies are scheduled. Take some time to honor the sacrifices of our soldiers, and be sure to observe the national moment of remembrance at 3 p.m. local time. Tradition also says to fly the flag half-staff from dawn until noon.
Memorial Day also has become a time to celebrate family history, and many families spend time going through their family trees and telling tales of ancestors, especially those who have fought in America’s wars. Many families also take the time to read the Gettysburg Address or other historical documents.
Family time 2
As the holiday marks the beginning of summer, most people will be celebrating with a barbecue cookout or picnic, so make sure your plans are in place. Head to the park for some family fun, or join a party a friend or neighbor is holding. Just remember, have fun and be safe.
Gentlemen and ladies, start your engines
Sunday is the running of the Indianapolis 500, a Memorial Day weekend tradition. The Indy 500 is one of the oldest races in the world, and this year’s will be the 94th running. If you’re not one of the approximate 300,000 people heading to Indianapolis for the festivities, race coverage will be on ABC. For more information, go to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/indy500.
At the movies
Memorial Day weekend also traditionally is a big weekend for movies, and the movies opening this week are sure to appeal to men (and teens) and women: “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” a PG-13 action flick based on the popular video game starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and “Sex and the City 2” (rated R), starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall.
GateHouse News Service