4 Patriotic Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day

Hickory Farms has long been a supporter of our country’s military forces, and we want to join our fellow Americans in honoring our fallen heroes on Memorial Day. Some of the best ways to celebrate this holiday and kick off the summer season include:

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Attending a patriotic parade.

Kids always love the excitement of seeing a marching band and soldiers in a parade, but take the time to explain their significance so they can understand the sacrifices made by our brave men and women in uniform.

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Have a family picnic.

After the parade has passed, take your family on a picnic. Our signature Beef Summer Sausage and a variety of cheeses from our Savory Cheese Collection make delicious appetizers atop our Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers. You can keep the kids busy while dad is firing up the grill by bringing a baseball and glove. This is the perfect opportunity to give your throwing arm (and your little sluggers!) a workout.

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Catch a local fireworks display.

Many cities stage patriotic displays after the sun goes down on Memorial Day to honor the lives lost in service to our country. Make sure you arrive early to spread your blanket or set up lawn chairs. Don’t forget the bug spray! Kids will love an opportunity to light up some sparklers of their own with mom and dad supervising.

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Hang our colors proudly from your front door.

Did you know that it’s a Memorial Day tradition to fly the American flag from dawn to noon at half-staff? During the remainder of the day, it’s flown at full height.

 

A good way to honor your favorite active duty and retired service members is to send them a selection of Hickory Farms Military Gifts, which we’re proud to ship free to any AFO/FPO address. Let them know you appreciate their commitment and bravery by surprising them this Memorial Day with some tasty treats.

Hickory Farms makes it super easy to place your order. Just call 800.753.8558, and speak to one of our customer service representatives or order online right from home at your convenience.

Celebrate National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week with Letters of Thanks & Military Gifts

Did you know that there is an entire week dedicated to writing letters of appreciation? National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week kicks off on March 1st and is a great opportunity to take a little time to give thanks to someone. Now that we live in the digital age, hand-written thank you notes are all the more thoughtful and appreciated.

For National Write a Letter of Appreciation week, you can write a letter to anyone who has done something – big or small – for you. For example, you could write a letter to a neighbor who recently had your family over for dinner or to a relative who sent you a nice birthday gift. You can also use this week as an opportunity to show your appreciation for those people that keep you and your family safe, like the crossing guard who helps children cross the street safely on their way to school. The possibilities are endless!

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We especially like the idea of sending thank you letters to the men and women in our military in honor of National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week. During the holidays our military men and women often receive notes, care packages and gifts from family, friends and even strangers. Imagine what a nice surprise it would be for them to receive a kind letter that simply thanks them for their service now that the holidays have come and gone.

To make the surprise even sweeter, you could pair your letter with a gift of delectable foods from Hickory Farms. Our military gifts include Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin and Our Deluxe Signature Sausage & Cheese Gift Box filled with our Signature Beef, Summer Sausage, Smoked Cheddar, and more. Gourmet food gifts like these are a fabulous way to not only say “thank you,” but give your recipient a taste of home, too.

 gourmet food gift baskets

 

Visit the Hickory Farms website to learn more about our gourmet food gifts and military gifts. Remember that delivery is free to APO/FPO military addresses on denoted items.

 

How will you take part in National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week? Share your ideas in the comment section below.

Give Thanks with Military Gifts and Honeygold Ham

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, so the time is now to plan your menu and reflect on what you’re thankful for this year. Family is important to many and often means creating a holiday feast as a labor of love.
military gifts from Hickory FarmsWe have a wide selection of military gifts that will be a welcome surprise to a deployed soldier. Whether you have a family member deployed overseas or want to put a smile on a soldier’s face, check out our summer sausage, gourmet cheese, dried fruit and gourmet nut gifts. To help spread holiday cheer to men and women in uniform, Hickory Farms offers free shipping to APO and FPO addresses. We are also proud to work with Operation Gratitude to send military gifts to our troops abroad and to veterans here at home.

home for the holidays from Hickory FarmsDon’t forget that behind our soldiers are families who love and miss them. If you know a military family who is missing their deployed loved one this holiday season, consider showing your support through a holiday gift basket. Hickory Farms holiday gift baskets, full of gourmet sausage and cheese, nuts, fruit, and other tempting treats, are the perfect way to warm hearts this holiday season.
What are you thankful for this year? Share your thoughts with us in the comments or on the Hickory Farms Facebook page.