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Memorial Day has been an American holiday since 1868, a day set aside to honor fallen U.S. service men and women.  Today, Memorial Day is celebrated across the country, not only honoring those who have died in service to our country, but also to honor the memory of friends and loved ones who have passed.

With an extra day off work to celebrate Memorial Day, many people across the country celebrate with trips to the lake, or family cookouts.  If you’re planning a Memorial Day celebration, here are some tips to make the day truly memorable.

Decorate with red, white and blue. No, it’s not July 4th, but Memorial Day is likely the second most patriotic holiday celebrated in America. Break out your stars and stripes and red, white and blue balloons, table cloths and flowers. Remember, if you’re flying an American flag, it should be flown at half-mast until noon.

Don’t miss the parade. Chances are, your community is hosting a Memorial Day parade. Get your day started off on the right foot, by celebrating with local veterans and service men and women, police and the fire department.

Food. Whether a backyard BBQ, picnic in the park, or something more formal, spend a little time planning your Memorial Day menu. Need help with great eats? Let S&S cater your event, or grab a pre-made meal for your picnic from Take Away Chef.

What’s a good party without good music? Set the mood with great music. Evite.com recommends these songs for your Memorial Day playlist.

1. Stars and Stripes Forever / John Phillips Sousa

2. Born in the USA / Bruce Springsteen

3. American Pie / Don McLean 4. Breakfast in America / Supertramp

5. Blowin' in the Wind / Bob Dylan

6. Games Without Frontiers / Peter Gabriel

7. What You Talkin' About / Genghis Blues Soundtrack

 8. American Without Tears / Elvis Costello

9. Hail, Hail, the Gangs All Here / Fred Astaire

10. The Star-Spangled Banner / Francis Scott Key

Whatever you do, don’t forget to pay tribute to the many men and women who serve our country in the armed forces. If any of your guests are service men or women, take a few moments to recognize their sacrifice and contribution to our great nation.

Call S&S Catering today for more information on our catering services as well as pre-prepared and packed dinners from Take Away Chef. 

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