The Star Spangled Banner, as sung by Whitney Houston
From the archives
Memorial Day is a federal holiday designated to honor American service people who died in battle.
1) Are you a veteran? Are there veterans in your family? Do you know anyone who is active military? (We are grateful and want to hear about it.)
My dad and my father-in-law were the last veterans in the family, and they're both dead. My sister was a consultant with the Army about 10 years ago. Otherwise, we all tend to be aware that we would suuuck at military life.2) Memorial Day kicks off the summer season. What's your favorite picnic food?
My mom's potato salad. Which I haven't had in 20 years, I think.3) Let's celebrate the Memorial Day holiday with ice cream. What's your favorite flavor? Cone or cup?
Peppermint in a dish. Or birthday cake, in a dish. I'm not much of a cone eater.4) This marks the weekend when Americans step up their outdoor activity and do things they may not have been able to do during the winter months. For example, when is the last time you rode a bike?
At least a decade.5) Or went hiking?
We did some urban hiking on our trip last month.6) Or rode a horse?
OK, so, that's less than ten years.7) Or toasted a marshmallow?
Probably three or four years. This is not really my thing, honestly. I'll just have the graham crackers and chocolate; you can have all the marshmallows.8) As you answer these questions, is there an air conditioner or fan on?
I think the fan's on. Maybe the a/c? I'm not sure. It's been muggy as heck the last few days, so we may be sucking the water out.9) Crazy Sam needs your help: What song or a performer would you like to see featured in a Saturday 9 this summer? You'll begin seeing your suggestions as Saturday 9 themes in mid-June. Thanks!
Oh I love this question! Radiohead's "Daydreaming" would be fun. So would Ariana Grande's "Into You." And for an older one, "Tonight" from TobyMac would be interesting. I could go on...