What exactly is Memorial Day?
The official start to summer? Well yes, however the holiday was created for much more than a benchmark for seasons on the calendar.
Memorial Day became a national holiday in the United States in 1971 to honor the men and women who have died while serving our armed forces. The purpose behind the holiday often gets lost amidst the excitement of the long weekend. Having Monday off allows families to get out town, go to the beach or lake, travel to visit family, or simply grill out at home and enjoy a slower paced day. But the intent of this holiday is to give thanks and honor those who have fought for our freedom. I know I often take for granted the luxuries of living in the United States and the amount of freedom we have. Because of the many generations before us who fought for our freedom both here and abroad, we have the ability to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Today let’s choose to remember the true purpose of this day and to celebrate with as much pomp and circumstance as we can. All things considered, we have a lot to be grateful for in this country.
On that note, here are a few recipes I would suggest for your big Memorial Day Bash. I personally love giving thanks surrounded by all of my favorite fixin’s!
Kitchy Living takes no credit for the above photos. // All credit given to the respective bloggers who originally posted each of the recipes below.