The morning drive today was easy breezy with so many people taking off early for Memorial Day weekend. Normally, our Memorial Day weekend plans involve a lake experience. With all of the rain lately, our lakes are mostly full for the first time in who knows how many years. Hence, the lake experience for many may be a no-go. However, we will not let the rain stop the fun… and we will not have fun in vain. We will make to sure to remember the fallen soldiers who fought for our continued freedom. For the younger generation, maybe a bit oblivious to the real reason for the holiday, here is a tiny bit of history for you:
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America… it was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle… It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). ~ Memorial Day Organization
Make sure to honor a fallen solider this weekend. Find a plot without any flowers and place a nice bouquet to honor that soldier. While you are enjoying your BBQs, your clam bakes or whatever you do to celebrate the long weekend, make sure to teach the younger members around you the real reason for the holiday because they only know if we tell them. That being said, we know many a soldier who will celebrate this weekend with a few festivities too. Our weekend festivities include hobknobbing with a few of America’s finest soldiers – men and women alike.
Today is the beginning of another weekend where we simply do not know when to stop having fun. Today is packed full of pickups, preparation and getting our last night of good sleep for the next three days. Tomorrow, we have two parties: one party will last from afternoon to night. Dear friends of ours will have a backyard BBQ with a host of friends and families to celebrate birthdays, remember fallen soldiers and have fun together. In the middle of that party, we will retreat back to our own party for 3-4 hours. We are having a crawfish boil to celebrate a birthday, hang out with some friends and family and just have a grand ole time.
Have you ever had a crawfish boil? If you know anything about us, it is our love for seafood. And since I am focused on foods easy to digest, seafood and seafood veggies make the top of the list. Crawfish boil is usually made with andouille sausage, corn and potatoes. Corn and potatoes I cannot consumer right now since corn is not the easiest to digest and well, I just consider potatoes wasted calories. Not a fan. Hence, I will have my portion of crawfish with sweet potatoes and green beans. Sounds good to me.
For those not quite into cracking the tail off a crawfish, we will offer up other options in our seafood boil to include shrimp, crab, mussels and clams. There may be a bit of gorging taking place this weekend by all. But that’s okay! We will have plenty of ways to burn off those calories while we cut a rug to some fun tunes and pretend we can sing with a bit of karaoke. Good times will be had by all.
How will you spend Memorial Day weekend?