Memorial Day: Remembering America’s Heroes
This weekend in the US, and specifically this coming Monday (5/31), we celebrate Memorial Day. Here at RightOnTrek, we’d like to say a profound thank you to all those who lost their lives while serving in the military. This day of remembrance and mourning allows us time to reflect on their sacrifice, and show our gratitude to those service members who are still with us for their commitment and bravery.
Since World War I, people have placed red poppies and American flags in cemeteries and on graves to recognize fallen military heroes. We believe Memorial Day is also a perfect day to spend learning about American history, be that by visiting memorials or monuments, attending your local parade, or heading into our cherished outdoor spaces - there are many ways to celebrate those who helped establish and defend our country.
If you do decide to head to your favorite local or national park, this is a friendly reminder that you should plan ahead. Hours and operations may change and there will most certainly be a large influx of visitors. Check out this list from the National Park Service to find a National Monument or Memorial near you. Make sure to have your permits and campgrounds lined up ahead of time, as the chance of getting a walk-in spot reduces dramatically this holiday weekend.
For those that are a bit less prepared, we suggest heading to areas that are managed by the US Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management. Both of these services watch over some incredible places, and, though you should check your local regulations, generally allow for dispersed camping and very rarely require permits or reservations. By spreading out across our country’s wild spaces and taking time to cherish our freedom, we can truly honor members of the military who made the ultimate sacrifice.