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About Memorial Day is on May 28th this year. While the three-day weekend leaves ample time for backyard grilling, gatherings with friends and fam- ily and generally kicking off summer, the time often passes without much thought about the service men and women to which the holiday is devoted. This year, make a point to reflect upon and honor the heroes– active, retired and fallen–who’ve sacrificed so much to protect our free- doms. Here are a few ways to do just that. Visit the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. It’s home to a recently installed Korean War Veterans Memorial fea- turing a 7,220-pound monument honoring those who served in the Korean War, including 37 Nevadans. www.veterans.nv.gov Check out the 80% to scale version of Washington DC’s Vietnam Memorial Wall at American Patriot Fest on May 10-13 at Craig Ranch Regional Park. The wall will be on display all three days of the event, which also features #VegasStrong Five months have passed since the tragic shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on October 1. During that time we’ve seen the community come together like no other time in history, demonstrating the kind of strength and resilience that makes Las Vegas such an amazing place to live. As healing continues, it’s important to know you have resources like The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center to cope. Their mis‐ sion is to provide ongoing support to anyone affected by the shoot‐ ing, including visitors, people injured and their family members, as well as responders and bystanders. To better serve the community, the center is inviting anybody who may be struggling in the aftermath to register online; the center will then connect those affected with resources and provide updates on available services. They also provide applications for assistance from the Nevada State Crime Victim Compensation Program for anyone that was present at the festival; some applicants may be eligible for reim‐ bursement for out‐of‐pocket expenses such as medical bills, funeral expenses and mental health counseling not covered by insurance. Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2018. The Resiliency Center is located at 1524 Pinto Lane. Visit www.VegasStrongRC.org for more information, or call (702) 455‐2433 or (833) 299‐2433. Razz-Matazz live music, a car show, military displays, kids activities and more in honor 1 1/2 oz. Botanist gin of all branches of the service. www.americanpatriotfest.com 3/4 oz. Marie Brizard Raspberry 1 oz. fresh lime juice Honor fallen service members and their families through purposeful movement in the Wear Blue Run to Remember on May 28th. Run or walk one or 100 miles, it’s up to you. All you have to do is commit to your miles, share the name of a fallen hero to honor (or receive one from the organi- zation) and decide where to run. You can join an existing team, organize your own, or run out your front door. www.wearblueruntoremember.org Donate items for care packages for U.S. troops, first responders, veterans, military families and wounded heroes through Operation Gratitude. Organize a drive or purchase items from their wish list and they’ll do the 1 oz. Wilks & Wilson Millicent lime mint syrup In a mixing glass or tin, combine all ingredients and shake well over ice. Strain the contents into a double old- fashioned glass over fresh ice. Garnish with fresh raspberries and mint. Recipe courtesy Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand. Making an American themed dessert can be a great activity to include even the youngest of patriots. Think strawberry, blueberry and yogurt par- fait. A Pinterest search for “Patriotic Desserts” yields thousands of results. Don’t forget to set an alarm for 3 p.m. sharp. The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution of 2000 asks that all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to taps.” 20 April/May 2018 rest. www.operationgratitude.com The red crepe paper poppies that get passed around on Veterans and Memorial days are all handmade by veterans as part of their therapeutic rehabilitation. In 2015, the donations for poppies cam- paign raised $5.5 million, 100% of which was used exclusively to support active- duty military, veterans and their families through the American Legion Auxiliary.