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How to Celebrate Memorial Day

Celebrate Memorial Day

 

Nothing seems to welcome in summer vacation quite like Memorial Day. Make this year a special one and celebrate with friends and family with these ideas from College Chevrolet Buick.

 

 

Memorial Day Parades

Search your local newspaper for information on your area’s Memorial Day Parades. These community gatherings offer a chance to meet with friends in the morning. Plus, there’s nothing like starting your day off with some live music and colorful floats.

Decorate with Flags

One Memorial Day tradition is to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers with flags. Decorate your own house with flags, or have a craft day with the kids to make your own American flags, as a way to honor these soldiers.

National Moment of Remembrance

Memorial Day may be a great opportunity to spend a day off with loved ones, but it’s also good to remember why it was created in the first place—to honor our fallen soldiers. One way to connect with the reason behind Memorial Day is to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance. Congress established this moment at 3 pm each Memorial Day as a way to create national unity for one minute every year. Take that minute of silence out of your day this year to thank our fallen soldiers and show gratitude for your freedom, family, and friends.

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is a day to remember the ones who are no longer with us, who have honored the United States of America by signing up and serving in our armed forces. Those honored include family members, friends, and neighbors.

In remembering these brave souls the festivities around Memorial Day celebrate their memory and spirit. Like the Memorial Day Parade in Jackson that takes place Monday at 10 a.m. in front of City Hall.

However, many spend Memorial Day weekend with family and friends sharing food, laughs, and stories.

Backyard barbeques and shopping trips often make the list of things to do over Memorial Day weekend, so we want to remind those who do hit the road to stay safe.

Here are a few things to remember this weekend and anytime you head out on the road.

 

Don’t Drink and Drive – Not only is this against the law it is incredibly dangerous. Drinking and driving accounts for nearly 30% of all auto accident deaths. Have a good time this weekend, but if you drink make sure to have a sober designated driver.

Avoid Speeding – The roads will be a bit more crowded. Leave several minutes earlier and plan for delays.

Buckle Up – Another law here in the state of Michigan. Drivers and passengers must be buckled up for safety. In case of an accident, seat belts are critical to keeping passenger safe.

Practice Defensive Driving – While you may be driving safely on your trip, others on the road may not travel with the same caution. Be aware of your surroundings and the activity of other vehicles on the road.

Road Ready Vehicle – As ready as you may be for your road trip, make sure your car is even more ready. Do a maintenance check on your vehicle before taking off on a road trip. Tire pressure, tire tread, fluid levels, brakes, windshield wipers, these are a few things to check to make sure your vehicle is ready to travel. If you have any apprehension about your vehicle after checking these things out stop by our service department and we’ll help get you back on the road quickly.

We hope these tips help you out a bit.