Get festive by hanging the American flag, and the red, white, and blue streamers. Use store-bought invitations or get creative by making your own invitations with printable Memorial Day clip art and use wording such as "Red, white, blue ...and you. Come join us!" or "Chillin' and grillin' on Memorial Day!"
A pool party, Hawaiian luau or any summer party theme would also work during Memorial Day. And, don't forget to have plenty of ice and beverages on hand (placed in coolers marked "soda" or "beer" so guests can help themselves.)
The day was originally called Decoration Day
when families decorated the graves of Civil
War soldiers. Today, it honors all military.
DID YOU KNOW? Memorial Day fun facts & trivia
• There is a National Moment of Remembrance established by Congress which asks all Americans to pause each Memorial Day for one minute at 3pm (the time when most of us are stuffing our faces with hamburgers and hot dogs!)
• Decoration Day was established in the 19th century to decorate the graves of soldiers who died during the Civil War. Eventually, it became a remembrance of all brave military men and women, and by 1967 the day was legally changed to Memorial Day.
• The first Decoration Day became extra memorable when James Garfield stepped up to the podium at Arlington National Cemetary in 1868. In the blistering heat, the future President's speech lasted 1 1/2 hours during "a spring day too warm for comfort," observed the New York Times.
• Bringing attention to Vietnam War POW's and MIA's, the "Rolling Thunder" of motorcycles first arived in Washington DC during Memorial Day Weekend in 1988. Today, more than a million riders and spectators converge on the capital in what has become the world’s largest single-day motorcycle event.
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