Memorial Day Decor

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Joan Lunden

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Memorial Day, originally named Decoration Day was started by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1868. General Logan designated May 30th to be the day American's decorate the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion. The graves were usually decorated with one flower which was placed in front of the soldiers gravestones. This has since transformed over the years and we now place one American flag in front of a fallen soldiers tombstone. For more Memorial Day history visit US Memorial Day. 

Memorial day is celebrated on the last Monday of May, which ensures us a three day weekend. And there is no better way to celebrate the men and women who have given their lives for our country than with a traditional American BBQ.

An easy and inexpensive way to decorate for Memorial Day is to use a red and white checked tablecloth which is easy to find at local craft stores, grocery stores, or online. Choose navy blue napkins for a patriotic setting and then your plates, cups and utensils can be as simple as using red, white, or blue. 

If you are adding flowers to your table, look for a deep vibrant blue vase or pot and fill it with some bright red carnations and some white daisies.

At Michaels Crafts you can find American flags in all sizes to embellish - I've used them to decorate place cards or center pieces. You can also place one flag in each flower pot.

At my house I'm always decorating for a big family with lots of children so I tie red, white and blue balloons to chairs and put out some red, white and blue Mardi Gras beads - the kids love them!

If you are into confetti for your tabletop there are some really cute red, white and blue confetti with tiny American flags at Party City. You will find lots of red, white and blue decorations there. 

I hope you all enjoy your Memorial Day weekend and find your own special way to honor the sacrifices the heroes of our country have made for us.

About The Author
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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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