To many people, Memorial Day is the official kickoff to summer. A weekend filled with BBQs, beach excursions, camping, graduations, and even 12-step conventions. It’s easy to get caught up in a three-day weekend and lose sight of the true meaning of this day.
The last Monday in May is a federal holiday where we honor our fallen military soldiers. It’s also a great opportunity for those of us in recovery to show our gratitude and give hope to others. Read on for some activities for a safe and sober Memorial Day.
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Visit a Veteran’s Cemetery
A trip to a veteran’s cemetery is a great way to spend part of your day. Grab some small flags or flowers to place at the gravesites. If you can’t, no worries. Just taking a moment at the graves is fine. Say a prayer, give thanks or reflect on the sacrifices these men and women have made for our country.
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Celebrate Living Veterans
Another way to honor Memorial Day could be to visit a veteran’s hospital. This can be a rough day for many veterans. Most would love the company. Maybe even ask if there’s interest in having a meeting. Bring some treats or small gifts. It’s guaranteed to lift everyone’s spirits!
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Everyone Loves a Parade
Most communities have Memorial Day parades. This is a fabulous way to honor fallen soldiers and have some fun at the same time. If your area does not have a parade, you can watch one on television. The National Memorial Day parade airs on May 27th at 2 p.m.
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Organize a Sober Event
Hosting a sober event is a fantastic way to honor Memorial Day. You can also have a blast while doing it. A sober event could be anything. As long as it’s alcohol-free. The possibilities are endless. Having a BBQ, going to the beach, going hiking, camping and 12-step conventions are just a few that come to mind. This gives your friends in recovery an alternative to alcohol-based get-togethers. Extend the invite to some veterans who may be alone on Memorial Day. Offer to pick them up. Ask folks to bring a dish and fire up the grill. Get some soda and put on a pot of coffee. You’ll have a blast!
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We hope you found our suggestions helpful and inspiring. Whatever you decide, we wish you a safe and sober Memorial Day.