(KNOE) - Memorial Weekend is all about remembering Service Men and Women who have passed away, and here are some events going on around the area.
SATURDAY, MAY 26TH:
4th Annual Memorial Day with Our HOME from 4pm to 9pm at Fant-Ewing Coliseum on ULM campus.
This is the 4th year they will HONOR our Fallen Heroes and their Gold Star Families! They start the event with a ceremony to renew the promise to the Gold Star Families, and then a celebration to honor the sacrifices of these Brave Service Men and Women! If it was not for them, we would not have the opportunity or privilege to be Americans!
Living History Demonstrations from 10:30am to 2:30pm at Vicksburg National Military Park.
You can join them this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) at 10 am and 2 pm for Artillery Demonstrations, and at 11 am and 1 pm for Infantry Demonstrations. You'll get to learn about the Siege of Vicksburg and the drill that occurred during the Civil War by soldiers on both sides.
Symphony at Sunset - Memorial Day Weekend Concert from 7pm to 9pm at Vicksburg National Military Park.
An Outdoor Pops & Patriotic Concert with Mississippi Symphony Orchestra at no charge will be held on the hallowed grounds of Vicksburg National Military Park to commemorate Memorial Day Weekend in front of the VNMP Visitor Center. Handicapped parking is available in the VNMP Visitor Center parking lot. Offsite parking is available at the Outlets of Vicksburg with free shuttles running from 5pm until the last guest leaves the park. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join us for an evening of music in a truly sacred place.
SUNDAY, MAY 27TH
Memorial Day Remembrance and Recognition Service from 4pm to 5pm at the West Monroe Convention Center
This is an annual event established to Honor and Remember our Fallen Heroes. It's hosted by Blue Star Mothers of NELA, and the City of West Monroe, and West Monroe Convention Center, and co-sponsored by Mulhearn's Flowers and Gifts, Kilpatrick Funeral Home, and Bad Monkey Brass Band. Participants include Chief Tusquahoma chapter of DAR, BSM of Louisiana (Ruston), Patriot Guard Riders of Northeast LA, and various Veteran's organizations. Honored guests include Gold Star families from North Louisiana. Names from our most recent wars - Operation Enduring Freedom to present- will be read and "Tolled". (Names beginning in 2004 are complete to the best of our knowledge). 40 known North Louisiana Gold Stars, including the most recently identified former POW/MIA, and recovered WWII KIA soldier. Included also will be the most Recent veteran PTSD Victim's names will also be called out and Tolled. It's vitally important to Honor and Remember those who have given so much for us.
MEMORIAL DAY, MONDAY, MAY 28TH
Memorial Walk - PTSJ at 5am from the VFW in Monroe to the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Rayville.
Rock 106, Lagniappe Media, and Our HOME will walk from The VFW in Monroe, LA to the Veterans Cemetery in Rayville. This walk is in remembrance of those who are no longer with us, the sacrifices that were made, and to embrace the PTS Journey! This walk is about 20 miles long and will be down HWY 80. Volunteers will be needed and we are wheels up at 5am, so that we can meet at the cemetery during the State VA’s ceremony, where they will announce the walk and what it stands for.
Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery starting at 11am.
Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Joey Strickland will be the keynote speaker. The NELVC is located at 2413 Hwy 425 in Rayville, Louisiana.