Memorial Day Tributes: This Year, Say More Than ‘Thank You’.

Why ‘Thank You’ Is Just the Beginning on Memorial Day

Thank you for your service. It’s a phrase that has become almost synonymous with Memorial Day (and to some extent, Veteran’s Day) in America. From billboards to TV ads, graphic design to greeting cards, these 5 words are the catch-all catchphrase that stands for a debt of gratitude that American citizens cannot possibly repay.

And so, with so much to be grateful for in a free country, it might be time to ask ourselves: “Shouldn’t we try to say just a bit more?”

This Memorial Day, say more than "Thank you for your service". (Credit: Peter Salerno Inc.)
This Memorial Day, say more than “Thank you for your service”. (Credit: Peter Salerno Inc.)

This line of thinking actually started a year ago, when we met with Peter Salerno, owner of our parent company Peter Salerno Inc. and a veteran of the United States Navy. On our way out of the meeting leading up to Memorial Day, we turned at the door and stated, “Hey – thank you for your service.”

Peter smiled, of course, and nodded his head in a “you’re welcome”. Later that day, we realized that while we meant what we said, Peter was probably going to hear the same 5 words dozens more times over the next several days, and had for decades before that.

This isn’t to say that veterans aren’t happy to hear “thank you for your service”. At their core, most American military veterans are humble, modest, and shy away from personal praise. They’re not looking for individual recognition or to be ‘singled out’ for their heroism and valor.

Peter Salerno, during his service in the U.S. Navy. Happy Memorial Day!
Peter Salerno, during his service in the U.S. Navy. Happy Memorial Day!

But just because our military heroes don’t ASK for more than a ‘thank you’ doesn’t mean we shouldn’t GIVE it to them.

Think about your own life – what you do, where you’ve been, and what roles you’ve come to occupy in your life. If you’re a teacher, it must be lovely to get your first few “World’s Best Teacher” gifts. As an actor, your first “Break a leg!” is a cool thing to hear. But after countless repetitions of the same well wishes and compliments – whether we mean it or not – those common refrains start to ring a bit hollow and a bit dry.

It doesn’t take much to put a little more effort into your gratitude this Memorial Day! 

If you have a family member, friend, loved one, neighbor or colleague that has served in our nation’s military, take an extra few minutes to find out more about their service, their personal likes and interests. “Design” the military veterans in your life a special show of your thanks – even if it’s as simple as crafting a new way to say “Thank you for your service”.

Take a little time to help a veteran with a project, errand or work around their home. Volunteer to drive an elderly veteran to a Memorial Day Parade or out to lunch. Or do something that’s increasingly rare these days – pick up the phone, send a letter, or make a personal visit.

To the U.S. military veterans and those who gave their lives in service of our country – we know “thank you” isn’t enough to repay you. We also know that you don’t ask for our gratitude, recognition or payment – your sacrifice is selfless. Regardless of why or how you entered the military, the fact remains that you gave of yourselves for the greater good of our country, and you personally protected the freedom and security of families like mine that you will never know or meet.

So this year, we’re choosing not to “thank you for your service”. Because in many ways, we should be thanking you for everything.

Peter Salerno Inc. Salutes Veterans and Fallen Heroes: Memorial Day 2016

Peter Salerno Inc. Salutes Veterans and Fallen Heroes: Memorial Day 2016

We Celebrate and Pay Tribute This Memorial Day 2016

Peter Salerno and his team see Memorial Day as more than a time to celebrate, barbecue and enjoy the company of loved ones. It is a holiday to pause and remember the brave men and women of the United States Military, especially those who sacrificed their lives to protect the liberty, safety and future of the nation in which we are fortunate to live.

One of the most poignant and moving tribute videos we watched this Memorial Day 2016 weekend was uploaded to YouTube courtesy of Steve Strauss. A simple and impactful short film, Mr. Strauss’s video encapsulates all the things that make Memorial Day so important: sacrifice, liberty, patriotism, honor, duty and country.

Peter Salerno has been celebrated for his world-class custom kitchen and bath designs for decades. But nothing will ever replace the sense of personal pride and honor Peter feels as a veteran of the United States Navy, graduating from The Citadel as an Ensign and serving his commitment to the U.S. Navy in a tour of Europe and Western Asia.

Much of Peter Salerno’s worldly sense of design was formed during his Naval commitment, especially during his time of service in Italy. Upon his return, Peter grew to become one of the most influential custom kitchen and bath designers in the world – but he also returned with a heightened sense of pride, honor, and commitment to this country and its veterans.

Peter Salerno, during his service in the U.S. Navy. Happy Memorial Day!
Peter Salerno (right), during his service in the U.S. Navy. Happy Memorial Day!

This Memorial Day, think about the military heroes and veterans in your life. How have you honored their service and sacrifice? What can you do to ensure their legacies are remembered? It is our civic duty to these brave servicemen and women that we take a moment each Memorial Day (and each day in general) to give thanks for their bravery and valor.

From all of us at Peter Salerno Inc., we hope you enjoyed a blessed, safe and thankful Memorial Day 2016.

Peter Salerno Honors U.S. Navy Roots on Memorial Day 2015

Peter Salerno Honors U.S. Navy Roots on Memorial Day 2015

Navy Veteran Peter Salerno Uses His Service as Design Inspiration

Peter Salerno, during his service in the U.S. Navy. Happy Memorial Day!
Peter Salerno (right), during his service in the U.S. Navy. Happy Memorial Day!

As you know, Memorial Day 2015 is more than just hamburgers, fireworks and the unofficial beginning of summer. It’s a chance for all Americans to pause and honor the service and sacrifices made by our Armed Forces, fighting for our freedom around the world and protecting America’s borders. The chance to honor and remember our brave military heroes, many of whom gave their lives for our freedom, is especially dear to those men and women who have served in the U.S. Military.

For Peter Salerno of Peter Salerno Inc., Memorial Day is a chance to remember and honor those who have lost their lives in active (and reserve) duty, as well as reflect on his own service as an officer in the United States Navy.

Peter attended The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and graduated as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy with a Business Degree. His Naval commitment gave him the ability to travel most of Europe and Western Asia. Studying art and sketching have always been a form of relaxation for Peter; being stationed in Italy was the perfect opportunity to study the masters and old world architecture first hand. After returning from the Navy and working in corporate America, Peter decided to return to his father’s business and began to apply his artistic vision to the growing family business.

As a second generation American, Peter Salerno is proud of his service in the United States Navy, and remains close to those with which he served. “It was my privilege to serve my country,” Peter says, “and it is a privilege to serve my clients to the best of my ability.”

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Best Memorial Day 2015 Recipe: Epicurious Beef and Andouille Burgers with Asiago Cheese

Best Memorial Day 2015 Recipe: Epicurious Beef and Andouille Burgers with Asiago Cheese

The Best 2015 Memorial Day Burger Recipe. Period.

Since Peter Salerno and the team at Peter Salerno Inc. are all about the extraordinary and providing the very best in award-winning kitchen design, we’re always on the look out for the best recipes for every occasion. So with Memorial Day 2015 right around the corner, we had to find our choice for the best new, unique burger recipe online.

Memorial Day burger recipe. Beef and andouille sausage burger with asiago cheese recipe. Photo by Mark Thomas, courtesy of Epicurious.
Beef and andouille sausage burger with asiago cheese recipe. Photo by Mark Thomas, courtesy of Epicurious.

Leave it to Epicurious to once again provide us with the most delicious burger recipe for Memorial Day 2015. Nothing says Memorial Day weekend like a barbecue cookout or BBQ grill experience with family and friends, enjoying the beautiful weather with a cool drink and a burger. But which unique, delicious burger recipe fits the bill?

We found this outstanding recipe on Epicurious for a Beef and Andouille Burger with Asiago Cheese. Sometimes, a meal is so good you’re not left with many words to describe it. These smoky, mildly spicy burgers left us with very few words – most of them were simply “Wow!”.

The mix of smoky grilled onions and spicy Andouille sausage (built right into the burger patty) was outstanding, and the added tastes of roasted red peppers and shallots takes these beefy burgers over the top. It’s no wonder this recipe has a 98% approval rating on Epicurious and a perfect 4 out of 4 review.

But believe us – you need to try these beef and andouille burgers for yourself to truly understand their unique, delicious appeal. This recipe yields 6 servings, enough for you and your family and friends to enjoy. (Next time, we’re doubling the recipe!)

Thanks to Epicurious for the recipe and Mark Thomas for the original photo.

Favorite Memorial Day 2015 Recipe: Beef & Andouille Sausage Burger with Asiago Cheese

yields 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 8 ounces andouille sausages,* cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef (15% fat)
  • 2 large shallots, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 6 large sesame-seed hamburger buns
  • 6 1/3-inch-thick slices red onion
  • Olive oil
  • 1 cup coarsely grated Asiago cheese**
  • 1 7- to 7 1/2-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained

Preparation

Finely chop sun-dried tomatoes in processor. Blend in mayonnaise and mustard. Transfer to small bowl. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.)

Finely chop andouille sausages in processor. Transfer to large bowl. Add beef, shallots, salt, pepper, and crushed fennel seeds. Stir with fork just until blended. Form mixture into six 1-inch-thick patties.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill hamburger buns until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer to platter. Brush onion slices with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill until golden, about 7 minutes per side. Grill hamburgers to desired doneness, about 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Sprinkle cheese over top of burgers.

Spread cut sides of hamburger buns with sun-dried-tomato mayonnaise. Top bottom halves of buns with hamburgers, then red peppers. Top with onion slices. Cover with top halves of buns and serve.

*Smoked pork-and-beef sausages, sold at specialty foods stores and supermarkets. Kielbasa can be substituted.