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Recipes for Memorial Day

It's time for flag waving, backyard picnics and mom's apple pie!

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. It was proclaimed a national holiday to honor fallen soldiers from the Civil War on May 5, 1868 and was officially observed for the first time a few weeks later, on May 30, 1868. In 1882 the name Decoration Day was changed to Memorial Day and it became a day to also honor those who died in other wars. In 1971 the official day to celebrate Memorial Day was changed from May 30th to the last Monday in May.

During the first celebration of Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery.

Today, Memorial Day is still celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. On the Friday morning before Memorial Day, soldiers of 3rd US Infantry Regiment, approximately 1,200 soldiers, walk along the rows of headstones and place over 240,000 American flags on the graves. Each soldier stops at a headstone, reaches into a bundle of flags he is carrying, pulls one out and pushes it into the ground. They accomplish this task in approximately 3 to 4 hours!

It's also customary for the president or vice-president to give a speech honoring the contributions of the dead and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. About 5,000 people attend this ceremony annually.

There is also a National Memorial Day Concert held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The concert is open to the public and broadcast live on PBS. It's also broadcast to U.S. military personnel in more than 135 countries by the American Forces Radio and Television Network. This years annual National Memorial Day Concert begins on Sunday, May 29, 2011, at 8:00 EST.

On Memorial Day weekend we'll also honor our country's heroes and pay tribute to our loved ones in local parades and ceremonies. Memorial day traditionally means flags and colorful red, white and blue decorations will adorn streets and houses across America. In small towns and in big cities , displays of patriotism and flag waving, will be followed by fun and games, picnics and backyard feasts, and favorite desserts like Mom's apple pie!

If you're planning to spend the day at a community gathering in your town...if you're celebrating with friends at the beach or at a campground, or just staying home and having a backyard barbecue with your family, here's recipes for foods to fill your picnic basket or your Memorial Day table!

Kabobs

Hamburgers & Hot Dogs

Coney Island Hot Dogs.

Recipes for Chicken on the Grill

Barbecue-Style Pork Roast Sandwiches

Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

Hamburger Barbecue

Round- Up Beef and Beans

Baked Lima Beans

Hobo Potatoes

Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Salad

German Potato Salad

Broccoli-Cheese Salad

Broccoli, Sweet Onion and Georgia Pecan Salad

Cheesy Bacon & Potato Salad

Layered Potato Salad

Creamy Red Potato Salad

Eight Layer Salad

Pasta Salad

Red Beet Eggs

Spinach Bacon Salad

Stars N' Stripes Cakes

Strawberry Desserts

Chocolate Raspberry Cake

Chocolate Eclair Cake

Cherry Brownies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Poke Cake

Brownie bottom Cheesecake

Patriotic Parfaits

Oreo Cookie Cake

Peanut Butter Krispy Treats

Chocolate Raspberry Parfaits

Rocky Road Dessert Pizza

Whoopie Pies

Can't forget the Apple Pie!

Links to Colorful, Patriotic Desserts

JELL-O® Easy Patriotic Pie, All-American Trifle, and Firecracker Cupcakes - all from Kraft.

Red, White & Blue Chocolate Cupcakes from Hersheys.


Have a safe & happy Memorial Day!


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