For most of us, Memorial Day is the big kick-off for summer. Many families often make plans go to the lake, or head out on a hike. But Memorial Day is really about so much more than firing up the grill or taking out the boat. Amid the fun family activities you might have planned for this holiday weekend, take a moment to teach to your Cub Scouts or your whole family that Memorial Day is a day where we formally remember those who have served our country. For a little history on the holiday, TIME for Kids has a great article on what Memorial Day is all about. And the National Parks Foundation put together this fun list of 15 things you can do to celebrate Memorial Day, as well. As you get ready to celebrate this 3-day weekend, take a look at some of our ideas on what you can do to honor those who have served in a way that exemplifies the Scouting values.
Place Flags at a Cemetery
Many cemeteries in Utah honor those who have served our country with events and memorial services. You and your Scouts can participate by placing flags on the gravestones of those who served. Check with your local cemetery in advance. Or, simply attend a memorial service, like the one held at Provo Cemetery, and remember those who fell for our country.
Camp Floyd Civil War Encampment
Camp Floyd State Park is hosting a Johnston’s Army Encampment on May 25th of Memorial Day Weekend. The event will allow visitors to experience camp life and participate in several activities performed by soldiers of Johnston’s Army. See re-enactors drill and fire period muskets. Visit the graves of soldiers who died in the service of our country. Have your children learn military drill with a toy musket and wear a period uniform. Visit the camps of civilian and military re-enators and play period games. See artifacts from Camp Floyd from the time it was occupied (1858-1861) in our museum and tour the historic Stagecoach Inn which was in operation from 1858 to 1947. The events will be conducted 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Museum entrance fees of $5 per person or $15 per family
Memorial Day Breakfast & Programs
Multiple Memorial Day Breakfast activities are held all throughout our Council. Many breakfasts include family-friendly programs that allow the whole family or pack to gather together and remember why we celebrate Memorial Day. Find a list of these activities HERE.
Hoist up Ol’ Glory!
If it isn’t obvious, Memorial Day is a great day to fly your flag, and raise up the red, white and blue! It’s a national holiday honoring those who served our country, and it’s an opportunity to show that pride by flying our emblem of freedom, the flag of the United States. You can even help Cubs understand the importance of the flag while doing fun American flag crafts, then sharing them with friends and family or hanging them proudly for everyone to see.
Take Part in the National Moment of Remembrance
Did you know Congress has declared an official National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day? At 3:00 PM, a time when many of us are in the middle of our holiday revelry, all Americans are asked to stop and hold a moment of silence for one minute to remember our nation’s heroes.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend and can reflect on why we really celebrate Memorial Day.
Author: Madison Austin | Marketing Specialist, Utah National Parks Council