On Memorial Day, Memphis has a number of special services where you and your family can join with active military and veterans to honor the people who have sacrificed their lives in serving the country. Here are a few ways to commemorate the holiday.
Memphis Memorial Park Memorial Day Service
Located conveniently at Poplar and Yates, Memorial Park’s service begins at 11am on Monday and includes bagpipes and other music, remarks from Senator Brian Kelsey, wreath laying and military honors.
Find more information on the Memorial Park homepage, which has access to the service’s program schedule.
West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery Service
The West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery is located on Forest Hill-Irene between Winchester and I-385. As a state cemetery, their Memorial Day service takes place at the burial site of many area veterans, which can provide observers with a special reminder of the sacrifices that have been made by Memphis military men and women.
The service begins at 11am on Monday. For more information, call 901-543-7005.
Memphis National Cemetery – Two Events
The Memphis National Cemetery is part of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. The cemetery holds the second-largest group of unknowns interred in any national cemetery.
They are holding two services: On Saturday at 9am there’s a service for boy scouts and girl scouts, and on Sunday at 2pm they will hold their regular Memorial Day service.
The cemetery is located at 3568 Townes Avenue near Jackson Avenue in northeastern Memphis. For more information, call 901-386-8311.
In addition to these services, there are many local organizations offering special promotions and events for the holiday weekend, including the Memphis Redbirds, Graceland, and Sunset Symphony.
However you choose to spend your Memorial Day weekend, we hope you have a great time with friends and family and get a chance to thank and honor the military service men and women in your life!
(Photo by Robert Linder)