For others it's a little more than just having a BBQ, it's also honoring and remembering all the men and woman who gave their lives for our country.
Some of these acts of kindness will go a long way:
- Write a member of the military. There are thousands of men and women currently in harms way in Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas. Visit a Million Thanks at www.amillionthanks.org to find out how you can write them and brighten their day.
- Spend your time doing something nice for the community: Volunteer. Whether it's at the local animal shelter, nursing home, or giving blood, volunteering is always appreciated. Plus, you will feel better that you did.
- Attend a morning memorial service at your local cemetery. There is no better way to start off the day than remembering why it is celebrated in the first place. Your newspaper should have a schedule of start times, but if not, just pick up the phone and call the cemetery. Place flags and flowers at the grave sites.
- Fly the US Flag.
- At 3 p.m. local time on each Memorial Day, pause for one minute to remember those who have given their all for us. Participation can be as simple as a moment of silence; ringing a bell or reading the names for each family member who has served in the military and died; or the playing of Taps.
- Take time out of your day to stop and thank someone who has served our country in the military. It's a simple thing to do, yet I've heard from so many veterans, that a simple act of gratitude means more to them than most people realize.
After you have shown your respect you then can get ready for the BBQ:
Memorial Day Recipes:
Here are a couple of favorite recipes that you can try when you fire up the grill this coming weekend.
I've always been a big fan of lamb and the following grilled lamb recipe is one of my favorites
Grilled Lamb Chops with Brown Sugar Glaze
- 1/4 cub brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons dried tarragon
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 lamb chops
- Mix together all of the seasonings above (the brown sugar, black pepper, garlic powder, ginger, tarragon, cinnamon and salt)
- Rub the lamp chops with the seasonings and place on a covered plate in the refrigerator for about an hour
- Preheat the grill on high
- Brush the grill with oil and place lamb chops on the grill
- Cook 5 minutes on each side
Grilled Tequila-Lime Shrimp
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons tequila
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 pinch garlic salt
- 1 pinch ground cumin
- ground black pepper to taste
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 6 (10 inch) wooden skewers
- 1 large lime, quartered
- Whisk together the lime juice, tequila, olive oil, garlic salt, cumin, and black pepper in a bowl until well blended. Pour into a large resealable plastic bag; add the shrimp, seal bag and turn to coat evenly. Refrigerate 1 to 4 hours before grilling.
- Soak skewers at least 30 minutes in water to prevent burning.
- Preheat outdoor grill for medium-high heat. Lightly oil grill grate, and place about 4 inches from heat source.
- Drain and discard marinade from shrimp. Thread shrimp onto prepared skewers, 5 to 6 per skewer.
- Cook, uncovered, on preheated grill until shrimp turn pink, turning once, for 5 to 7 minutes. Serve with lime wedges for garnish.