Memorial Day 2019 is just around the corner!
Originally known as Decoration Day following the Civil War, it was officially established as a federal holiday in 1971. The date has long been an opportunity for Americans to honor U.S. military men and women who have died. The holiday is a combination of solemn gravesite visits and festive parades and family gatherings.
Here’s a short list of events you can enjoy in the Austin area beginning this weekend through Monday, May 27.
Enchanted Rock Summit Hike Saturday, May 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m., $7 per person; free admission for children 12 and younger, 16710 Ranch Rd. 965 Fredericksburg, TX 78624. A park ranger or master naturalist will lead hikers on an enriching hike from the base to the breathtaking summit.
LBJ Library and Museum Monday, May 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., free admission during the holiday.
2313 Red River St., Austin, TX 78712. Step back into our nation’s history through exhibits and film documenting LBJ’s life and political career.
Memorial Day Service at the Texas State Cemetery Monday, May 27, 10 a.m., free admission, 909 Navasota St., Austin, TX 78702. Head to the southwest section (Republic Hill) of the cemetery for the annual ceremony honoring the fallen but not forgotten.
Memorial Day Live with Shannon Brook at Spinners Bar Monday, May 27, 1 p.m., free admission, 14106 N. IH-35, Suite A. Singer/songwriter and military veteran Shannon Book makes his debut at the popular bar.
Life Time Tri CapTex Monday, May 27, 5:30 a.m.-1 p.m., free for spectators, Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W. Riverside Dr., Austin, TX. Join thousands of spectators cheering on thousands of athletes as they attempt the grueling yet thrilling annual tradition in downtown Austin. For a breakdown of the morning, here’s the schedule of events.
“Calamity Jane” Monday, May 27, 7:15 p.m., $12, Alamo Drafthouse Mueller, 1911 Aldrich St. #120, Austin, TX 78723. The Alamo will be showing the 1953 “rip-roaring fun” movie 1953 starring the late Doris Day.
However you choose to spend Memorial Day, may it be a safe one.
And a final word on the day from the late John F. Kennedy: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”