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If you’re ready to celebrate the unofficial start of summer, our guide shows you how to honor our fallen heroes and elevate your memorial day weekend. Beyond the backyard barbecues and outdoor fun, Memorial Day is a somber holiday honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.
Whether you spend your Memorial Day at home or outdoors, it is important to spend a few moments honoring those who have served and have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Regardless of how you choose to remember our fallen heroes, you can still celeblaze with friends and family.
Visit Your Local Veterans Cemetery
National veterans cemeteries give us a dedicated space to commemorate those who have fought and died in our wars. Most states have a veterans cemetery. If you live near one, head over during the Memorial Day weekend to pay your respects.
During Memorial Day weekend, the national veterans cemeteries may offer free admission and extended hours. Stop by to show respect and contemplate their sacrifice.
Check the Department of Veterans Affairs Cemetery Listing to find one near you.
Pause for a Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m.
On Memorial Day at 3 p.m. (local time), pause to reflect on the sacrifices made by Americans who died defending our nation. In 2000, the National Moment of Remembrance resolution was passed to establish a national minute of silence for the fallen. Now, we can all unite as a country for a moment of remembrance.
Learn More About Memorial Day
Memorial Day is a good time to learn more about the holiday and the difference between it and Veterans Day. Watch a documentary, read a book, listen to an audiobook. There are tons of ways to learn more about those who sacrificed their lives for a greater good.
Volunteering for those who have served our country is a great way to show your support. Check for volunteering opportunities at the Department of Veteran Affairs’s Center for Development and Civic Engagement website.
On Memorial Day weekend, parades and other celebratory events near you may need additional help setting up and cleaning after the festivities. Reach out to your local non-profit to see how you can be of service.
Make a Donation
Support our veterans with financial contributions to a wide range of non-profits who help them find housing, jobs, and healthcare. By helping those who are on active duty or have already served, you can honor the heroes that died for our country and our values.
Ready to make a donation? Consider these cannabis-related causes for veterans:
- Veterans Cannabis Project
- Veterans Cannabis Group
- Veterans Cannabis Coalition
- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Support Cannabis Companies that Give Back to Veterans
Support America’s fallen heroes by shopping from veteran-owned and operated brands and brands that donate to veteran causes. You can even show your support by shopping from cannabis companies that offer veterans a discount on every purchase.
Shop at your local dispensary that supports veterans. Give your hard-earned dollars to CBD companies that give back to veteran causes. There are many companies out there that are making cannabis more accessible to veterans.
Eat & Drink Responsibly
Cannabis-infused recipes are easy to incorporate into any Memorial Day feast. Whether you’re having an outdoor barbecue or an intimate dinner, there are many cannabis-infused recipes you can try out to elevate your get-togethers.
Just remember to clearly label each infused recipe to avoid any mishaps.
Ready to spice up your Memorial Day spread? Try out these cannabis-infused recipes:
- Whip up a delicious black bean marijuana veggie burger, kidney bean and marijuana mushroom veggie burger, or vegetarian canna-chili with our veggie burger and chili recipes.
- Pair your main dish with a variety of vegetable cannabis recipes such as marijuana spinach, marijuana asparagus with sesame seeds, and sautéed marijuana zucchini.
- Quench your thirst with our recipe for a refreshing cannabis-infused lemonade.
- Looking to unwind on Memorial Day weekend? Try out a bunch of cannabis-infused cocktail recipes including Jeremiah Weed peach sweet tea vodka.
- Complete your spread with our cannabis dessert recipes for caramel blondies, chocolate cake, chocolate brownie cake, coconut cake, and strawberry cheesecake.
Honor the Fallen Heroes Today and Tomorrow
Memorial Day is the one day of the year we commemorate those who have died in battle. But, it is not the only day we can remember their sacrifice or support those who are in active duty or our veterans.
We can continue to fight for veteran access to cannabis through the companies we support and the causes we donate to. Remembering the sacrifices of the fallen is a lifelong act. Let us continue to pay our respects through our everyday actions.