In 1966, Congress and President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, NY the birthplace of the “Memorial Day”. There, a ceremony on May 5, honored local veterans who fought in the Civil War. By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 throughout the nation and in 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by Congress to expand the honor of those who have died in all American wars.
Memorial Day is the day to give thanks, to pay tribute to, and remember those who gave their lives to protect our country. We all come together to honor our fallen soldiers. It is a day to be celebrated with family and friends by way of cookouts, parades, beach trips, or putting the boat in the water! When participating in these various activities, remember to keep SAFETY a #1 concern for all.
Here are some helpful tips:
· Only use propane or charcoal grills outdoors and away from your home, railings, and branches
· Keep children and pets away from the grill area
· Never leave your grill unattended
· Keep your grill clean by removing grease or buildup from the grills and in trays below
· Have enough adult supervision – and use a buddy system in large crowds!
· Weather check: if you hear thunder, seek shelter; be careful on HOT days; dress appropriately
· Have First Aid supplies handy
· Stay behind barricades
· The less you bring the less you may lose, keep personal items to a minimum
· Operate at safe speeds
· Wear life jackets
· Look out for other boaters at all times
· Avoid bad weather
· Have safety items: fire extinguisher, radio, first aid kit