Each Memorial Day, we pause to honor the fallen men and women of our military. While many of us are still social distancing to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, we can still mark the unofficial start of summer by honoring those who served our country so bravely.
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.
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.
|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|
|Disney Beef Franks||Swift|
|Foster Farms||Top's Bun Busters|
"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 (see union-made brands above)
- 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!
This information comes from the AFL-CIO website and the IBEW, Local One, Directory for Union-Made Goods and Services.
Some of these products are brought to you by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), and the United Farm Workers of America (UFW).