6 Foods and Drinks That Honor Soldiers - Atlas Obscura Lists

6 Foods and Drinks That Honor Soldiers

From Japan to Canada, cultures pay tribute to their militaries via curry and cocktails.

Since its inception in 1868, the American holiday of Memorial Day has honored the sacrifices made by the military. Originally known as Decoration Day, the holiday was created to commemorate lives lost during the Civil War by decorating their graves.

But flowers and wreaths aren’t the only ways that countries pay tribute to their soldiers. When it comes to celebrating victories or honoring sacrifices, many cultures turn to food and drink. From a chocolate-smashing ceremony in Geneva to the uniquely potent range of Canadian eggnogs, here are six foods and drinks that memorialize soldiers across history.