Memorial Day weekend is the official “unofficial start” to Summer in Maine.  The weather is warm, the birds are singing, and flowers are blooming.  It’s only natural for us to want to get outside and enjoy it all!  At the same time, we want to respect the real reason for Memorial Day, which is to remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy freedom and liberty.  Below are 5 ways to observe Memorial Day while still leaving yourself plenty of time for barbeques with family and friends. 

1 | Participate in a 5k Fundraiser

This is a great way to get outside while supporting a good cause.  Look for a 5k where the proceeds benefit soldiers and their families, like the Miles for Mills 5k in Augusta.

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2 | Bring the Kids to a Parade

There’s no shortage of parades on Memorial Day and kids love them!  Check out this list of parades in Maine to find one near you.

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3 | Attend a Memorial Day Service

Memorial Day services often go hand-in-hand with parades, but there are plenty of ceremonies where you can avoid all the fanfare if that’s not what you’re into.  Look for flag-raising ceremonies, wreath laying ceremonies and guest speakers.

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4 | Volunteer for Cemetery Clean Up

Towns will often clean the local cemetery and place flowers or flags on the graves of fallen soldiers during the month of May and specifically on Memorial Day. Check with your local town office for opportunities to assist.

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5 | Observe the National Moment of Remembrance

This is one that everyone can participate in, no matter where you are or what you are doing.  At 3:00pm local time, take a moment to participate with the rest of the country in a moment of silence to reflect on sacrifices made for our freedom.

How will you be spending your Memorial Day Weekend? Share in the comments.

May 14, 2017 — Administrative Account

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