About Memorial Day is on May 28th this year. While the three-day week- end leaves ample time for backyard grilling, gatherings with friends and family 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 freedoms. 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 featuring 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 display will be up 24/7 all three days of Strike Out to Help Homeless Youth Calling all superheroes and vigilantes! Your presence is requested at Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth’s 9th Annual Homeless Youth in the Alley Bowling Tournament. The 2018 affair promises twice the action with a brand‐new night time tournament in addition to the usual daytime superhero fanfare. The additional event means more people can participate in this worthy cause, choosing whether they want to be a superhero by day or vigilante by night, and, naturally, dress accordingly (optional). Both will include unlimited bowling, food, giveaway items, raffle prizes, a photo booth, awards and more, but night time is the right time for cosmic bowling and a live DJ. Participate as an individual and join a team or form your own team of five! When the pins are reset, and the frames are all marked, your efforts and donations will help NPHY raise much needed funds for programming that provides basic survival needs and helps homeless youth get on a path toward self‐sufficiency. Both events will be held on Saturday, June 9th at the Suncoast Bowling Center (9090 Alta Dr.). Register at www.nphy.org/hya. Secret Garden by Mattias Horseman 2 parts Hendrick's gin the event, which also features live music, a car show, military dis- 2 parts squeezed mandarin juice plays, kid’s activities and more in honor of all branches of the serv- 1/4 part lavender flavored soda water ice. www.americanpatriotfest.com 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 rest. www.operationgratitude.com Shake the first two ingredients together and strain into an ice filled high ball. Add the lavender soda, stir, and garnish with mandarin peel. include even the youngest of patriots. Think strawberry, blueberry and yogurt parfait. 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.” 16 May/June 2018 Making an American themed dessert can be a great activity to 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.