Memorial Day: A Playlist, Recipes, and Some History

Memorial Day: A Playlist, Recipes, and Some History

Posted by WinterWomen on Friday, May 18, 2018

Happy Memorial Day!

We’d like to take a moment to remember and thank the brave men and women who, throughout our history, have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our country. Memorial Day is a remembrance and celebration of those in service of our country, as well as a celebration of what some have given their lives for, our freedom.

A lot of Americans tend to celebrate this day with a BBQ, which feels so American (though origin of BBQ is way more nuanced than we think). Most pools are opening today and are having awesome kick-off events. Whether you’re just enjoying a day off, working, or getting together with family and friends, here are a few recipes, fun facts, playlists, and ideas to help you celebrate the day.

Our Memorial Day Playlist:

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Star Spangled Banner (Live at Woodstock) – Jimi Hendrix

This Land is Your Land – Woody Guthrie

Living in America – James Brown

America – Los Tigres Del Norte

Surfin’ USA – The Beach Boys

Song of the Patriot – Johnny Cash

Hoy – Gloria Estafan

America – Simon and Garfunkel

American Pie – Don Mclean


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Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – Andrew Sisters

America the Beautiful – Ray Charles

Soldier Boy – Blacklodge Singers

Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins

I Need A Hero – Bonnie Tyler

Soldier Boy – The Shirelles

Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf

Tear the Fascists Down – Woody Guthrie

Sunday in Savannah – Nina Simone

[/one_half_last] Some Easy and Delicious Recipes for your BBQ:

Caramelized Tomato Bruschetta

Grilled Potato Wedges with Fresh Herbs and Butter

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Banana Split Kebabs

Easy Lemon Bars

See More:  Recipes for the Grill with 5 Ingredients or Less


Some Facts and History

Did you know that at the last Winter Olympics, there were a few athletes that have roots in the military? Check out this article from to find out more:

Team USA Winter Olympics Military Athletes

Want to learn more about our Military? Here are some informative podcasts on American Military History from

WASP of WWII with Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck

The Harlem Hellfighters and Henry Johnson

Macario Garcia

The Ghost Army

While celebrating our freedom in any way we see fit is one of the great parts of living in this country, it is also important to remember that for a lot of families, this is a bittersweet or painful holiday. If you’re wondering how you can do more to help our Vets, consider checking this link out: Charity Navigator

Thanks for reading. Do you have any special ways you like to celebrate Memorial Day? Any good songs we missed? Any interesting facts you’d like to share? Comment below – we’d love to hear from you!

P.S. – We’re running a Memorial Day Sale! Check our Facebook or Instagram accounts for more details!

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