Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Do you have any big plans?
Just for fun, I looked up the history behind Memorial Day.
We always think of it as the kick-off to summer, but here's why we actually celebrate it:
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that honors American servicemembers and is observed on the last Monday of May (May 30 in 2011). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. citizens who died while on military service. First enacted to honorUnion and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.
Begun as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the civil war, by the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as ordinary people visited the graves of their deceased relatives, whether they had served in the military or not. It also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national media events such as the Indianapolis 500 (since 1911) and the Coca-Cola 600 (since 1960) auto races.
And in case you need some ideas for what to cook on Memorial day...check out Taste of Home and their dozens of Memorial Day recipes: