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Ways to Enjoy a Union-Made Memorial Day at Home

Each Memorial Day, we pause to honor the fallen men and women of our military. While many of us are still social distancing, we can still mark the unofficial start of summer by honoring those who served our country so bravely.

Ways to Enjoy a Union-Made Memorial Day at Home

Connect (virtually), commemorate and cook up some union-made deliciousness! Check out the ways you can virtually connect with loved ones on this special day.   

Stream Movies to Honor Memorial Day

Honor the men and women of our military by watching films and documentaries to learn more about their experience and to celebrate their heroism and sacrifice.

Here's a shortlist of our favorites, but there are plenty of amazing films about the military experience during conflicts and wars — find a few favs and watch with the family or use Netflix Party to watch at the same time as your friends in different locations.

All Quiet on the Western Front Glory
American Sniper Good Morning, Vietnam
Apocalypse Now The Hurt Locker
Band of Brothers The Killing Fields
The Best Years of Our Lives Lincoln
Black Hawk Down The Longest Day
Born on the Fourth of July Platoon
The Civil War, Directed by Ken Burns  Saving Private Ryan
From Here to Eternity The War, Directed by Ken Burns
Full Metal Jacket Top Gun

Let the (Union-Made) Games Begin! 

Playing board games with the family is a great way to stay entertained during social distancing. These union-made board games are fun for both kids and adults.

Battleship Connect Four
Candy Land Monopoly
Clue Twister

Kick Back and Have a Beer 

Beer is a must-have for a Memorial Day (socially-distant) cookout. Make sure to stock up on these union-made beers and fill up your cooler.

Union-Made Recipes

Anyone can make a hot dog, but can you make Pigs in a Blanket? YES YOU CAN! Make Pigs in a Blanket with these union-made hot dog brands.

Al Pete John Morrell All Beef Hot Dogs
Armour Luther's Hot Dogs
Ball Park Oscar Meyer
Boar's Head Poultry, Inc.
Brummel & Brown Snappy's
Conti's Texas Brand Sugardale Foods
Country Fair Sunnyland
Disney Beef Franks Swift
Farmland Ted's
Foster Farms Top's Bun Busters
Hebrew National Wardynski
Hormel Wenzel's


"The Patriot" Pigs in a Blanket
Try The Neely's Pigs in a Blanket recipe! They pair well with beer and are great for snacking.

  • 1 8-ounce can original crescent dough
  • 1 tablespoons lime juice from 1 medium lime
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard (Guldens Mustard, Heinz)
  • 20 mini hot dogs
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Poppy seeds or sesame seeds

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cut each triangle of crescent roll dough into thirds lengthwise, making 3 small strips from each roll. Brush the dough strips lightly with Dijon mustard. Put the mini hot dogs on 1 end of the dough and roll up.

Arrange them, seam side down, on a greased cookie sheet. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Bake until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Serve warm with the dipping sauce.

"The Salute Sundae"
What's more patriotic than an ice cream sundae? This Red, White and Blueberry Sundae Recipe by Betty Crocker Kitchens is a perfect treat for Memorial Day. It's a patriotic and refreshing take on a classic sundae.

  • 1/3 cup seedless strawberry jam (Welch's)
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, if desired
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries (Gourmet Trading Company)
  • 1 cup quartered small to medium fresh strawberries (Swanton Berry, Dole)
  • 1 quart (4 cups) vanilla ice cream (Barber's, Breyers, Country Fresh, Creamland Dairies, Prairie Farms, The Masterson Company)
  • White chocolate curls, if desired

In medium bowl, beat jam, corn syrup and vinegar with wire whisk until smooth. Fold in blueberries and strawberries until coated.

Scoop ice cream into eight dessert bowls. Top with berry mixture. Garnish with white chocolate.

Happy Memorial Day!

The union-made products information in this list comes from the IBEW, Local One, and Directory for Union-Made Goods and Services.