“Memorial Day is hard… It hurts more than any other day. I can’t exactly say why, other than the obvious, but there is something about it that I just, I feel.” –Antonette Hornsby, Gold Star spouse
It’s been three years since Antonette’s husband, CW3 Brian Hornsby, died after his helicopter was shot down over Afghanistan. Those who die in service to our country leave behind more than their legacy–they leave behind a family. This Memorial Day, before the barbeques and parades, take a moment to remember the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom.
For families like Antonette’s, today is more than just another day. Remember CW3 Hornsby, and all the other lives lost in service.
Together We’re Stronger.
Posted by Shannon Sebastian, Content Development Manager
Memorial Day is particularly special to me this year. My husband is due home around that time from his tour in Afghanistan. His absence gives me a deeper appreciation for those who died for our amazing country and their families that were left behind.
Getting together with family can be hard for military families who move frequently, but we are always good at making our own way and turning friends into family. Nothing brings “family” together like food! In honor of Memorial Day and my husband’s anticipated return home, I wanted to encourage you to make your celebration healthy with some festive meal ideas. Get ready to get your red, white, and blue on and get your grill fired up!
Memorial Day Menu Ideas:
- Grilled Lean Ground Beef Sliders on 100% whole wheat buns with caramelized red onions & star cheese
- Fresh grilled corn
- Watermelon Mango Salsa with organic blue tortilla chips
- Star Spangled Pound Cake Bites with Blueberries
- Watermelon or Apple Fries
Watermelon Mango Salsa
2 cups seedless watermelon, chopped into bite size chunks
2 ripe (but not too ripe) mangoes, chopped into bite size chunks
2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1 small jalapeno, finely diced
1 whole lime, squeezed
Salt to taste
Combine all of the above ingredients. Let marinate for 1 hour. Serve chilled with organic blue tortilla chips.
Star Spangled Pound Cake Bites with Blueberries
1 carton of fresh blueberries
1 16 oz. premade pound cake
Small cookie cutter in shape of a star
Wash blueberries and set aside. Place whipping cream in mixer and mix until stiff peaks form. Add sugar to taste. Cut pound cake into ½ inch slices and use cookie cutter to cut 2 stars out of 1 slice. Place cakes on platter. With a piping bag, add cream and pipe onto cakes. Top with fresh blueberries. You can also use raspberries.
Guest Post by Betsy Ramirez, MEd, RDN, is a registered dietitian and proud Air Force wife, patiently awaiting her husband’s return home from Afghanistan. She is a food and communications consultant in the Washington, D.C. area. You can find her frequently blogging about food, health and nutrition on her website, www.supermarketnutrition.com and for Northeast Pennsylvania Family Magazine. Her main job is wife to a United States Air Force Officer and mom to 2 amazing kids and 1 dog.