At Carter, we believe in the importance of balance and getting our drivers home often. Some of our drivers are home as frequently as nightly and we guarantee home time at least two days per week. So, if you’re a Carter driver, you can expect to spend part of this Memorial Day weekend at home with your friends and family. Check out our list of 10 things to do this weekend to honor fallen soldiers and spend time with those you love most:
- Visit a national park
We are the land of the free because of the brave, so visiting one of our national parks is a great option for Memorial Day. Get outside for some fresh air and enjoy some of the beauty our country has to offer. There are over 400 national parks in the U.S. – visit nps.gov to find the ones closest to you.
- Attend a Memorial Day parade
From big cities to small hometowns, many of these places will hold a Memorial Day parade to honor veterans and remember those who have died in service.
- Watch a patriotic movie
Taking the time to watch a movie about the men and women fighting for our country makes it possible to recognize the sacrifices they’ve made for our freedom. Our movie suggestions include Saving Private Ryan, Glory, The Great Escape, Hacksaw Ridge, The Hurt Locker and Pearl Harbor.
- Visit a national cemetery
Paying your respects at Arlington National Cemetery isn’t always feasible, but did you know that there are 155 national cemeteries throughout 42 states and in Puerto Rico, as well as 34 soldier’s lots and monument sites? Many of these places will have something going on for Memorial Day that will allow you to pay your respects to fallen soldiers.
- Donate flowers
If there isn’t a national cemetery near you or if you can’t visit one in person, you can donate to The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation. This organization uses volunteers to lay flowers on the gravesites of fallen soldiers around the country.
- Watch the National Memorial Day concert
Every year, PBS hosts the National Memorial Day Concert on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building. It’s a star-studded tribute to honor America’s servicemen and women. You can watch this year’s concert on Sunday, May 29 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS or streaming live online.
- Host a backyard barbecue
Pull out your favorite grilling recipes and invite your friends and family over for a weekend barbecue. It’s the perfect way to welcome summer and enjoy some much-deserved time off.
- Take a dip in a pool
Many people view the last weekend in May as the unofficial start to summer. If the weather’s heating up where you are, a pool day might be just what you and your family need.
Find an organization that’s focused on helping veterans and donate some of your time. If you’re unsure of where to start, contact your local VA and ask if they need any volunteers. It can even be as simple as doing some handyman jobs for someone or looking over a resume.
- Call a soldier’s family
Memorial Day isn’t all sunshine and barbecues for everyone. For some people, it’s an emotionally difficult day. Picking up the phone to call a soldier’s spouse or parents won’t take up a lot of time but can mean the world to the person on the other end of the phone.
Regardless of how you choose to spend your weekend we hope you have a good one! If you’re ready to enjoy more consistent home time in your life, then drive for Carter to get the balance in your life you’ve been looking for. Give us a call today to learn more!