Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formally known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. It is traditional to fly the flag of the United States at half mast from dawn until noon. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season. Many people choose to hold picnics, sports events and family gatherings on this weekend.
If you live in the Washington DC area, you can check out some of the country’s best memorial services. Popular Memorial Day destinations include cemeteries, monuments, statues and the following locations:
- Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington honors more fallen service members than any other burial ground in the United States. During the Flags-in Ceremony, members of the Third U.S. Infantry place flags at every service member’s gravestone. You can also pay tribute to individuals without a grave by visiting the Tomb of the Unknown.
- Iwo Jima Memorial – Located near Arlington on Marshall Drive, this memorial pays tribute to the United States Marine Corp. While the memorial honors Marines who died in the historic World War II battle, the site is the perfect place to visit to remember lost loved ones who served in the Marines.
- The World War II Memorial – Honoring service members who served in World War II, this monument is open 24 hours a day. You’ll find it at 17th Street, which is between Independence Avenue and Constitute Avenue.
For those not in the Washington DC area, look up activities in your local town. A lot of towns have parades and activities. Stores also run big Memorial Day sales this weekend so make sure to check for sales first if your heading out shopping!
In the Chippewa Valley, the Memorial Day Parade is in downtown Eau Claire. Line up at 9:00 a.m., parade at 9:30 a.m.
The parade will begin at Wilson Park (between Barstow and Graham) in Eau Claire and ends at Owen Park (off of 1st Avenue). A Memorial Day Program will be held at the Owen Park Band Shell immediately following the parade.
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Have a safe and Happy Memorial Day everyone! And thank you to all who have served our country!