Memorial Day is fast approaching. In less than a week, most Americans will find themselves stationed along their town’s streets, rooting for the veterans, soldiers, and other law enforcement officers who roll by in their annual Memorial Day parades. As an American and a history teacher, I love the fact that we take a day, as a nation, to stop and celebrate those who’ve fought to protect our freedom. The harsh reality is that not everyone in the world is so fortunate.
However, I also love Memorial Day because it also has become a celebration of spring, families and friends. For as long as I can remember, Memorial Day meant dressing up in the good ole red, white and blue, slathering on sunscreen, and packing up the minivan to head downtown for the parade with my family. The morning festivities were usually followed with a BBQ of sorts where my aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents would often gather. As a teenager, to cap off the day, I usually headed to my friend Kelly’s house for more food and a few rounds of volleyball.
While I will be on duty at school this weekend (the realities of working at a boarding school), I will be sure to take at least a few moments to bask in the sunlight, proudly wearing my red, white and blue and appreciating the beautiful life that I am so lucky to enjoy.
Happy Memorial Day to all!!
P.S. Check back tomorrow for three fun outfits befitting of the occasion.