You might think that the history of an official holiday like Memorial Day is cut and dry, but its origins paint a more vivid picture that’s riddled with controversy, say curators at the National Museum of American History. The earliest Memorial Day observances were organized by Americans who were legally unable to serve in the armed forces.
This holiday’s roots are founded on efforts by “freedman’s relief organizations and formerly enslaved people in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865,” say historians. Can you think of a more ironic origin than one that honors fallen men of all colors thanks to the efforts of women and African Americans?
With the end of the Civil War, both Northerners and Southerners began observing the newly named Memorial Day, and this included ex-pats who moved abroad but wanted to maintain the customs and observances they had come to know and honor, so if you’re interested in keeping up your own history of celebrating this hallowed day, there’s absolutely no reason you can’t do so while vacationing close to home in Belize.
Patriotism and incentives: Who says they’re incompatible?
You’re welcome to pack leisurewear that’s all red, white, and blue for a rare opportunity to get away and observe the 2023 Memorial Day holiday at Laru Beya Resort where a Memorial Day special offers a 20% discount on all-inclusive packages booked by active and veteran military personnel and their families. Because Belize flights from southern U.S. states are short, you won’t waste valuable relaxation time trying to reach your destination. What’s the hitch? You must secure your reservation by May 1, 2023, and use the Code MEMORIAL when you book.
If you’re desperate for a getaway and you’re neither in the military nor a veteran, don’t feel left out. Laru Beya offers other generous options that include a Spring Break Flash Sale (code WEBSPRING) and a soon-to-end Winter special (code WEBWINTER) that invite you to bring your patriotism along no matter which dates you secure on this generous menu of options.
What’s your idea of an idyllic holiday?
Everyone has unique ideas about how to spend a holiday getaway and Laru Beya’s onsite amenities are diverse. Relax beside the freshwater infinity swimming pool or make this lush expanse of water your daily swimming challenge. Settle into the beachfront that overlooks the Caribbean side of the Placencia peninsula. Borrow a kayak, Hobie Cat sailboat, or bicycle that can get you to town while keeping you fit.
Rent a golf cart to explore the entire peninsula, including the Placencia lagoon, a haven of solitude for guests who prefer not to splash in the sea. Book spa services that won’t require you to budge from your accommodations because skilled masseuses come to you. Importantly, pay tribute to heroes of the past and today, and if you’d like to honor a British naval officer who remains a legend thanks to his generosity, a visit to the Baron Bliss Memorial in Belize City belongs on your itinerary, too!