A Tribute to the Militia of the Past and Today; Wishing you a Memorable Memorial Day!

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Did you know….

As opposed to Veterans Day, which honors living veterans, Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have died while in military service. The holiday originally started as Decoration Day, where the graves of soldiers were decorated with flowers and flags. Though President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, NY the official birthplace of Memorial Day the wake of the Civil War, dozens of towns continue to claim that they, in fact, were the originators of the holiday.

It’s ancestry is so hard to trace — particularly through to some of our current iterations — because the custom of decorating tombstones precedes organized holidays. What is certain is that on May 5, 1868 national commander General John Logan declared May 30 Decoration Day, “designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.”

At the first ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, 5,000 people participated in decorating the graves of fallen soldiers from the Civil War. By the late 1800s, all the northern states recognized Decoration Day. It wasn’t until after World War I, when the holiday changed from recognizing Civil War soldiers to honoring all dead military, that the whole of the country participated on May 30 every year.(ww2.kqed.org)

Today’s Restaurant

Mom’s House – Tracy, Ca

Average Cost

Free! It’s mom’s house!

Rating (1-10)


Mom’s Recipes: 

Frances Dampier’s TasteBook Recipe – Easy Hamburgers

First things first…

I would like to give tribute to all of the militia in the past, present and future who have died or that have given service to achieving the freedoms that we have here in America today! Without you we wouldn’t be able to live freely in speech as we do, to be able to have free interests like we do, or to be able to worship the One True Living God (Jesus Christ) without having the fear to be a martyr. Bottom line to be free to choose!

Jesus said” There is No Greater Love than someone who will die for a friend!”

And trust me; that sacrifice that our Father in Heaven made by giving us Jesus Christ to die for us was one of the most non selfish things anyone could ever have done for humanity! So I want to make sure that He is definitely included in this! Thank you Jesus!

I salute these people that died for us within the militia without knowing us which is a love that needs to be saluted! Thank you all for your great service to this country!

Now let’s talk celebration!!!

So it’s Memorial Day Weekend and I’m sure that all of you are gathering with family and cooking up the best dishes you know. Part of those dishes will definitely be barbecue!

We Americans always celebrate with a good barbecue!

Something about barbecue brings family together..

Something about barbecue make quarrels stop..

Something about barbecue makes life worth living..

Bottom line barbecue is what life is all about!!

In every good barbecue at my house there is always some main dishes; potato salad, green salad, hotlinks, burgers, ribs and sometimes chicken as well.

So much food that you feel like you are going to pop afterwards! Kind of like a warm up to Thanksgiving..

Today I focused on grilling some mouth watering bacon burgers and hotlinks and left out everything else but the mouth watering sides.

Reason for my choice of meat is that a juicy sweat dripping burger takes concentration and meditation. It take a finesse of accurate distribution of heat and smokiness that should be able to tame wolves. So this is a dish that is worth grilling to give a worthy tribute to the militia!

Now a greatly artistic created burger should be the hit of the party so make sure to take your time.

Season both sides with creole seasoning and then slap these patties on a hot grill. Make sure the patties are premium patties and have enough fat in them to make a juicy spill of goodness. Somewhere from 15-20%.

While you grill , do your best to cook your burger to a medium rare and then pull it off of the grill fast and serve as soon as you can.

Remember the meat still cooks while it rests so the medium rare will turn medium in a matter of minutes if you let it sit too long.

Every bite will be a juicy sweat dripping delight if you do it right and make sure you have all the accessories nice and ready for your attendees. Pickles, Lettuce, Mayonnaise, Ketchup, Mustard, Purple Onions, Sliced Cheese, Bacon and whatever else you may like on your burger. True live action eating!

Bottom line, if it doesn’t make a mess then your burger failed the test..

I hope you all enjoy themselves this Memorial Day Weekend! Cheers to all of you! I look forward to seeing you on the next round! Keep hope alive!

Eating is an enjoyable way of life.Live it..Learn it..Love it!

Trevis Dampier Sr.


Kelly O’Mara (MAY. 24, 2014)  How Memorial Day Started — and Why It’s Now About BBQ Retrieved from http://ww2.kqed.org/bayareabites/2014/05/24/how-memorial-day-started-and-why-its-now-about-bbq/


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