Memorial Day Traditions

Memorial Day means many things to different people. For some it means a long weekend. For others it’s a time of remembrance and reflection. For those in the service industry, it might mean working overtime.

How do you recognize Memorial Day weekend? When I was growing up, my family always made sure to attend a Memorial Day service that was always held at the cemetery. Thanking our vets and remembering those who had fallen were important values that my parents wanted to instill in my brother and me, and, although we didn’t really understand it growing up, looking back the values were passed on and it was a great thing that they did for us.

A Northern Michigan tradition is the Here Comes the Sun Party in Leland, Michigan. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Leland, it’s a little fishing town that draws people in from all over the country during the summer. Every Memorial Day, Leland’s Historic Fishtown celebrates the beginning of summer with live music and good food and drinks for those 21 and older. If you have ever lived in the Midwest, you’ll understand the refreshing feeling that Memorial Day brings, as it’s confirmation that summertime is just around the corner. After a long Northern Michigan winter, the beginning of summer is absolutely cause for celebration, and the Here Comes the Sun Party certainly doesn’t skimp on the celebrating.

What do you like to do on Memorial Day? We’d love to hear your traditions, old and new. And of course, if you’ll be picnicking this Memorial Day weekend, please don’t forget your tent!




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