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Honoring Veterans

Honoring Veterans
Me·mo·ri·al Day
məˈmôrēəl ˌdā/
a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered, traditionally observed on May 30 but now officially observed on the last Monday in May.

It’s easy to forget why we have this three day weekend coming up. For many of us it is about celebrating the end of the school year and the beginning of summer fun. It’s good though, to check in and remember why Monday is a national holiday.

Here are some Memorial Day weekend events that honor our fallen soldiers:

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery will host a tribute in the assembly area at 9:00 am (oh nine hundred) on Monday. This celebration is open and free to the public. The Army Band will be playing!

Pacific War Museum in Fredericksburg

The Pacific Combat Program will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Two shows each day, 10:30 and 2:00. Tickets ($10/$5) are required. This looks like a great opportunity for the whole family. Tickets available here:

From the museum website:

Enjoy an educational experience you won’t find anywhere else from the new amphitheater seating, followed by a battle reenactment set on an island somewhere in the Pacific. Hear the rattle of machine gun fire, the echoing blast of grenades, and feel the searing heat of the flamethrower as the joint US forces take the hill.

Monday, there will be a Memorial Day Ceremony in the Memorial Courtyard at 10:00 a.m.  Guest speaker is Captain William J. Toti, USN (Ret)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

I haven’t seen any events specific to this beautiful downtown memorial for the holiday weekend. BUT, I think it would be a great time to take my kids to see it. Also, across the street on Friday and Saturday is the Tobin Center Patriotic Pops by the San Antonio Symphony.

USAF Band of the West

This well known group will be playing at Edgewood Theater of Performing Arts (a REALLY beautiful place) on Monday evening from 7-9 p.m.

Market Square Memorial Day Celebration

If you have friends in from out of town who want to see Market Square, you are in luck. There is a celebration honoring our military at Market Square Saturday through Monday.

Memorial Day Parade & Remembrance Walk – City of Live Oak, Texas

The city of Live Oak is having its annual Remembrance Walk on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. to be followed by the Memorial Day Parade. From the Facebook Page:

The Remembrance Walk will kick off at 9:45 AM right before the parade. The City will provide flags at the start of the walk that can be dedicated to fallen loved ones or carried in remembrance of heroes no longer with us. The flags will be carried for the duration of the walk and placed in front of the Clubhouse at the conclusion of the event, where they will remain for the Memorial Day weekend. Families, businesses, church groups…anyone is welcome to participate in this meaningful tribute!

Do you have any Memorial Day suggestions? Please leave them in the comments. I’d love to see what else is happening this weekend.

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