Memorial Day Weekend … Go Hug a Veteran


The men and woman of the armed forces are the reason that you are free to attend these events this weekend. It sounds corny but it really is true. Back to the Revolutionary War, the brave men and woman in our military and the ones who have been there aiding them, have made it possible for us to go to sleep at night free. Freedom is a funny thing, you don’t realize how much it means until you no longer have it. We are all spoiled because we have never known anything but freedom in our time. Someone needs to be thanked for that, for sure. In light of recent events throughout the world, I think we can all agree we owe an enormous debit of gratitude to the men and woman of the armed forces. So, has 1000’s of events that commemorate their sacrifices and give us a chance to honor them in some small way. Take some time this weekend to say thanks at one of these events and remember why we have a 3 day weekend. It isn’t about having a barbecue or going to the beach or pool. It’s about why we can do anything at all that we want to do, and who we have to thank for it.

Memorial Day Festival and Parade Shenandoah, VA 5/27-5/28

Since 1997. We invite you to come and honor our Veterans – those who truly “gave all” and experience our festival in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. You will find a unique blend of events, which include a classic antique car show with live music and DJ on Friday evening. Saturday events include a Memorial Service, huge car show, truck show, motorcycle show, tractor show, dog show, volunteer firemen’s carnival with rides, food, and games.

Memorial Day Parade Annapolis, MD 5/30

Join us for a very traditional Memorial Day celebration! Ceremony honoring those who have given their lives in service to our country with parade downtown.

Memorial Day Parade Appleton, WI 5/30

The City of Appleton along with area’s veteran groups, businesses, clubs, organizations, schools, and more honor those service men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their fellow Americans and country.

Memorial Day Parade Bantam, CT 5/29

Ceremonies will be along Route 202 from Doyle Road to the All Wars Memorial for a ceremony. After the ceremony, parade will reform and march to Bantam Borough Hall for refreshments.

Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade Canoga Park, CA 5/30

Since 1990, A traditional Memorial Day parade with marching bands, youth groups, cars, both antique and classic, regional and local bands, equestrians, special featured guests and much more. A wonderful tribute to the men and woman of the U.S. armed forces past and present.

Chelan Memorial Day Parade Chelan, WA 5/26

Features over 65 entries. Honoring police officers and soldiers killed in the line of duty. Entries include a grand marshal, members of WA State Concerns of Police Survivors, Mayor Jay Witherbee, Chelan County Sheriffs Department, VFW Post 6853, Tomb of the Unknown, Chelan County Fire Department, plus many more.

Memorial Day Celebration Cocoa, FL 5/30

Come out to Riverfront Park in Cocoa Village for the annual Memorial Day Celebration. Every year the City of Cocoa takes time to honor the fallen veterans of war with a Guest Speaker, special Flag folding ceremony, 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, period Costumes, a moment of silence, entertainment and much more. Admission is free.

Memorial Day Parade Dearborn, MI 5/30

Since 1924, Dearborn’s Memorial Day parade is a patriotic, family-friendly experience that’s not to be missed. Each year, the City’s Memorial Day parade and remembrance service honors those who have given their lives while in the service of our nation.

Memorial Day Parade East Norwalk, CT 5/30

A traditional Memorial Day parade featuring 11 marching bands, floats, boy and girl scouts, youth teams, youth groups, civic organization, classic vehicles and about 1500 marchers.

Memorial Day Parade and National Cemetery Service Gettysburg, PA 5/30

Since 1867. This is one of the oldest Memorial Day services and celebrations in the United States. In addition, for the 7th consecutive year, many will gather at Gateway Gettysburg to honor injured veterans arriving from Walter Reed Army Medical Center. A program featuring speakers and music will begin at 10:30am.

Mackinaw Memorial Bridge Race Mackinaw City, MI 5/28

The one day per year runners are allowed on the Mackinaw Bridge. Requirements for runners are a time of 12 minute per mile. This is the race to watch!

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