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Decoration Day & Coconut Strawberry Ice Cream

May 30, 2011

The official start to the summer…
Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember those who have died in service to their country.
First observed May 30, 1865, Decoration Day honored the service & sacrifice of Union & Confederate soldiers. (There was horror & heroism on both sides, folks.) Participation spread across the nation with soldiers of all wars being honored on this day after World War 1.

Gettysburg national cemetery img 4164

The preferred name changed from Decoration Day to Memorial Day, though first used in 1882, it did not become the legal name for this holiday until 1967. On June 28, 1968 with passage of the Uniform Holidays Bill, Memorial Day was no longer to be celebrated on May 30th, instead being changed to the ever changing date of “the fourth Monday of May.”

Graves at Arlington on Memorial Day

The VFW stated in a 2002 Memorial Day Address:

Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed a lot to the general public’s nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.

So today, between the beer, barbecue & Indiana car race, take time to remember those who gave everything so that we could live in freedom.

Coconut Strawberry Ice Cream


  • 2 14-ounce cans Coconut Milk (do not use lite)
  • 12 ounces (use a scale to weigh) Strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 6 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons Vodka or a flavored liqueur


  1. With immersion blender, combine the strawberries, coconut milk, & vanilla; Blend until very smooth.
  2. Add maple syrup.
  3. Pour into your ice cream maker; Follow the appliance’s freezing instructions.
  4. Because homemade ice cream gets very hard in the freezer, stir in vodka (or another liqueur) to keep it scoop-able.

Tricia Ann

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