It’s Memorial Day weekend. The unofficial start of summer, and the perfect time to enjoying cookouts, sun and pool time with friends and family.
But amidst all the revelry, let’s not forget that paying tribute to the fallen soldiers who made our way of life possible is what Memorial Day is really all about. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up a list of local events commemorating those who have given their lives for our freedom.
Smyrna Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday at 9:30, 20th Century Veterans Memorial, 2800 King Street, Smyrna
After a ceremony honoring local veterans, stick around for music by the 116th Army Band, Georgia National Guard, a cookout at the nearby American Legion post and other patriotic activities for the whole family, including a display of military equipment and vehicles.
Marietta Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday at noon, Marietta National Cemetery, 500 Washington Ave NE, Marietta
To pay tribute to the more than 10,000 veterans who are buried at the 140-year-old Marietta National Cemetery–and all who have given their lives for our country–the National Memorial Day Association of Georgia will host a ceremony on the cemetery grounds. In addition the live music, the event will include a posting of the colors, prayers, and a gun salute.
Kennesaw Mountain Memorial Day Events, Sunday & Monday, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, 900 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, Kennesaw
Wow your little ones (but warn them of loud sounds first!) with artillery demonstrations and cannon fire this Sunday and Memorial Day at 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. at the Visitor Center at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield. Military memorabilia, including a Veterans’ Uniform Display will also be on showcase from 9:30 am – 4pm on both Sunday and Monday.
Woodstock Memorial Day Ceremony, May 25, 10 a.m., The Park at City Center, 101 East Main Street, Woodstock
A bevy of local veterans’ groups (including the American Legion and Marine Corp League) will join together in a ceremony, including live music, to honor the lost lives of military service members