Memorial Day

A father and daughter show patriotism while watching 2012’s Veterans’ Day Parade at the Capitol.

As many Sacramento citizens know, this upcoming weekend is Memorial Day Weekend. Many students and workers alike are thankful to have a Monday off to relax at home. However, it is important to ensure that the meaning behind the day isn’t forgotten.

Memorial Day is something that should be both enjoyed and respected. Some people even go as far as to say that making Memorial Day into a three day-weekend has taken away from the spirit of the day. However, many believe that the weekend has only enhanced the feeling of unity and patriotism. The day remains as a day of observance and gratefulness for the thousands of soldiers who have fought and died for our country. With Memorial Day events taking place as early as the mid-1800’s with the decoration of soldier’s graves during the Civil War, the day is something that has been held in Americans’ hearts for centuries.

On May 26th, The Vietnam Veterans of America Sacramento Valley will be presenting a Reading of the Names at the State Capitol Park in honor of those who gave their lives during the Vietnam war. Active soldiers, retired soldiers, families of veterans, and the general public are all invited free of charge, and are encouraged to also visit the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The reading is to begin at 7 a.m. and will last until every name has been read. At 1:30, there will be a ceremony honoring veterans and active members of the military. For more information, you can call (916) 481-6020.

Also during this upcoming weekend, active and retired military personnel with their military credentials will be allowed into the Great America amusement park for free. Up to six of the veterans’ families will be able to purchase tickets into the park for only $19.99. The park will also be providing a $7 picnic breakfast, flag presentations, and a fireworks presentation.

Also, the 3rd annual Wounded Veteran Run will be taking place on May 27th in Folsom. The fundraiser includes a Kids Fun Run, a 3K walk, a 5K walk, and a 10K run. All proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project and the local Fallen Warriors Memorial Organization.

Whatever you do this Memorial Day, don’t forget to remember our troops!

To learn more about the origin of Memorial Day, you can go here. Click the link above if you would like to learn more about the Wounded Veteran Run.