Memorial Day Weekend Events and Parades in the Greater Austin area
2018 List of Memorial Day Parades in the Greater Austin Area
Anyone can have a parade. Only Americans can have a parade to celebrate the greatest political achievements in history: establishing and repeatedly defending a country founded on the principle of individual liberty. Memorial Day, which was originally called Decoration Day because it was a day on which the graves of fallen soldiers were decorated, was established in the years after the Civil War to honor those who died in that war. Today, it is a day of remembrance of all who have died in this country's service.
Bravery. Honor. In President Lincoln's famous words, giving the last full measure of devotion to the defense of freedom. These are difficult ideas to explain to children, but it is our responsibility as parents to do it.
Start by bringing your kids to the Memorial Day Parade in your town. During the parade, demonstrate for them the solemnity and gratitude due to the veterans who march past. Take off your hats as they go by. Explain to your kids why we show respect for the flag. With them, cheer for the bands and salute the men and women in our police and fire departments. Think about those currently serving our country in the military around the world, and, perhaps, reflect with your children about the gratitude we owe their courage. If you know parents with a child in the military, take a few minutes to find a way to convey your thanks.
Click here for a brief history of Memorial Day in the U.S., courtesy of the Waterloo, NY web site. Below the following list of dates and times for this year, we have compiled some other good links for those of you ambitious enough to explore further the meaning of Memorial Day.
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Click here for a list of this year's Memorial Day Ceremonies as compiled by the National Cemetery Administration
Saturday May 26, 2018
Fiesta Amistad 2018: The 50th Annual Fiesta Amistad will be held on Saturday, May 26th, 2018 on the Old Settlers Association Ground, 3300 Palm Valley Blvd in Round Rock, Texas. Visitors are invited to partake in the delicious food, games, arts and crafts, and a variety of entertainment for the entire family. Some of the area’s most dynamic musicians will be performing throughout the day! Headliners include Jay Perez & The Band, Ruben Ramos, Hugo Guerrero y Fanango, Marcos Orozco, and Round Rock Ballet Folklorico. DJ Primo and Jess Lopez will be providing music throughout the day. Admission at the gate will be $5.
Sunday May 27, 2018
Close Assault 1944: Showtimes at 11 am and 2 pm. Texas Military Force Museum at Camp Mabry, 2200 W 35th St, Austin, TX 78703 United States: Remember the true meaning of Memorial Day with this stirring look back at World War II. Close Assault 1944 honors the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans by focusing on the history of the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard during World War II. The free program features members of the Texas Military Forces Living History Detachment exhibiting the uniform and equipment worn by the American GI in the European Theater of the Second World War, as well as those of his German opponent. In addition, the two-day event will provide guests the opportunity to witness firing demonstrations of the most famous U.S. and German small arms of World War II, as well as see everything from tents and radio equipment to GI baseball gloves and mess kits and operational vehicles such as an M4 Sherman Tank, M3 Halftrack and Jeeps.
Monday May 28, 2018
Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza Memorial Day Ceremony: The annual Memorial Day ceremony, honoring the men and women of our armed forces who have given their lives in service to our country, will be held at the Veterans Memorial Plaza on Monday, May 28. The ceremony begins at 9:30 am. The guest speaker will be United States Senator John Cornyn and music will be provided by the 36th Infantry Division Band of the Texas Army National Guard.
If you can verify or know of other Memorial Day Celebrations in the Austin area, please email us and we will add them to this list.