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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Food for Thought : Memorial Day --- Remember Why !

                         Significance of Memorial Day 2016
Memorial Day 2016 formally known as Decoration Day, is a federal holiday observed yearly on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day 2016 is a day that commemorates all men and women who have died while serving in the military for the United States of America. 

History of Memorial Day
The history of Memorial Day 2016 dates back to the American Civil War. It started as an event to honour soldiers who had died during the war. It is said to be inspired by the way people in the Southern states honoured the dead. The original national celebration of Decoration Day took place on 30 May 1868. There was over twenty four cities and towns across the United States that claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo (New York) was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966. In the late 19th century, the holiday (previously known as Decoration Day) became known as Memorial Day and was expanded to include the deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces. Originally, the holiday used to be celebrated on May 30, regardless of the day of the week that it fell on. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed and as a result the day changed. 

Traditions of Memorial Day
Traditionally Memorial Day is viewed as a time of honour and remembrance. Throughout the United States it is common to visit cemeteries, particularly military ones, and decorate graves of the deceased with flowers, small flags and wreathes. Other common traditions of Memorial Day 2016 that are still practiced today include the raising the U.S. flag quickly to the tops of flagpoles, slowly lowered to half-mast, and then it is raised again to full height at noon. The lowering of the flag at half-mast is meant to honour the fallen soldiers who have died for their country over the years. While re-raising the flag is meant to symbolize the resolve of the living to carry on the fight for freedom so that the nation’s heroes will not have died in vain. On the United States Capitol Building’s West Lawn, a Memorial Day concert is held annually and is broadcasted live around the country. Additionally, there are thousands of Memorial Day 2016 parades all across the country in cities small and large. Many will wear or put on a display of red poppies on this day as a symbol of fallen soldiers. This tradition grew out of the famous poem by Canadian John McCrae known as ‘In Flander’s Fields’, where Moina Michael conceived an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honour of those who died serving the nation during war. 

Slaw with Poppy-Seed Dressing
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1-1/2 teaspoons honey
1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1-1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup thinly sliced green cabbage
1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
1/2 cup pre-cut matchstick carrots
Combine first 8 ingredients (through pepper) in a bowl. Add cabbage and carrots; toss to coat.
                                                            Strawberry-Lemon Mojitos
My son is the mixologist in the family  , this is a a smoothing  drink  for  relaxing  outside   . Strawberries sweeten these mojitos from Joaquin Simo. "This is a great drink when you're in the mood for something fruity," says Simo. Use a molasses-based rum (like white Brugal) for a smoother drink, or a sugarcane-based rum (such as white Barbancourt) for a drier cocktail.
8 lemon wedges
24 mint leaves, plus 4 mint sprigs, for garnish (optional)
4 strawberries, plus 2 halved strawberries, for garnish
Ice cubes, plus crushed ice
8 ounces gold or aged rum
3 ounces fresh lemon juice
2 ounces prepared sugarcane syrup or agave nectar
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lemon wedges with the whole strawberries and mint leaves. Add ice and the rum, lemon juice and sugarcane syrup; shake well. Strain into crushed ice–filled highball glasses. Garnish with the berry halves and mint sprigs.

Memorial Day 2016 is a federal holiday and falls on the last Monday of May. The date of the Holiday changes each year but always remains on a Monday .

A proud grand-poppa 
Stay safe and  drink responsibly -- always  have a designated  driver 


  1. The GenieMay 26, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Excellent post. People sometimes have to be reminded to be grateful. So easy to put out of their minds the fact that military men and women died or were terribly maimed so they could remain free. They also died and continue to die in defense of other countries' freedom. I think I have a couple of recipes that are appropriate for Memorial Day. I must dig through my files.
    Love and hugs

  2. Thank you my Lady , I served my country ,I was lucky , it was during peacetime . My son served in 'Desert Storm.' I was a praying man that he return to me safely , my prayers was answered .
    People do forget and need to be reminded , especially the younger ones , Memorial Day is always a large celebration here with Nee family , It is a 4 day celebration.
    My grands is very happy ,Gil asked them had they taken all their tests , they said yes , Friday will be their last day until the fall. Kids got out the Friday before Memorial Day in years past .
    The recipes is what we have everyday . The drinks is mostly made by Gil , he likes to get behind the bar in the poker room ,the bartenders always love to see him . It is 3 floors and each has a bar , whichever floor he is on , the bartenders call the other floors and tell them he is there with them . They say tell him to stop by and see us . They try to make each other jealous .
    Did you like the Mother's Day post , I try to give my posts meaning .
    Hugs and love


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