Memorial Day today is known as a recreational holiday. But first and foremost, it's always been a day to honor and remember those who have died in military service to America. Following is a list of local observances and other events commemorating the holiday.
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Idaho State Veterans Cemetery: 10 a.m., Monday, May 27, 10100 Horseshoe Bend Rd., Boise.
The event will honor and remember veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The program will feature music from the Idaho National Guard 25th Army Band, bagpipes by the Boise Police Pipes and Drums, a wreath-laying ceremony, rifle and cannon salutes, the drumming of the Lakota Sioux Memorial Veterans tribute song and a flyover by the Warhawk Air Museum. Speakers at the event include retired Marine Col. David E. Brasuell, administrator of the Idaho Division of Veterans Services; U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho; and Lance Stephensen, director of Honor Flight of Idaho.
Note: No parking will be available within the cemetery grounds until noon. Attendees should arrive early and park at the Optimist Youth Sports Complex at 9889 Hill Rd and take a free shuttle to and from the cemetery. The shuttle is wheelchair-accessible, and will begin running at 8:30 a.m. Call 577-2330 for more.
Idaho Civil War Volunteers: The group will conduct its annual Civil War flag-raising ceremony, eulogy, and gun salute in the Silent Camp at the Veterans Monument at 1 p.m. in Morris Hill Cemetery (317 N. Latah St. Boise), and again at 2:30 p.m. in the Fort Boise Military Reserve Cemetery on Mountain Cove Road off Reserve Street in Northeast Boise. Call 608-7598 for more.
The Rock of Honor, Julius M. Kleiner Park: 10 a.m., Monday, May 27, 1900 N. Records Ave., Meridian. (Note, the Rock of Honor is inside the park, near the Meridian Senior Center Building).
The ceremony will include an address from Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd; the reading of a poem written by author, military veteran and Rock of Honor founder John H. Burns; the laying of a memorial wreath; the playing of "Taps" and a performance of Amazing Grace by representatives of the Meridian Firefighters Pipes and Drums.
The names of Meridians 62 military fallen, which are engraved on the Rock of Honor, will also be read aloud.
The reading will include the monuments newest addition, U.S. Army Spc. Thomas P. Murach, a Meridian resident and 2009 Cole Valley Christian School graduate who died on May 4 in Afghanistan.
A limited amount of seating is available at the Rock of Honor. Attendees are welcome to bring their own folding chairs. Call 590-3647 for more.
Hillcrest Memorial Gardens: 11:30 a.m., Monday, May 27, 15862 S. Indiana Ave., Caldwell.
The event includes refreshments beginning at 11:30 a.m. The program, devoted to those who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces, begins at 1 p.m. Col. Curt Bowers will give a keynote speech. Nampa Civil Air Patrol will perform a symbolic flag folding. The Musettes will perform patriotic and inspirational musical selections. Call 459-4949 for more.
Kohlerlawn Cemetery: 10 a.m., Monday, May 27, 76 6th St. North, Nampa.
The ceremony will include processional bagpipes, presentation of the colors, national anthem, prayers, laying of wreaths, opening remarks by Commander Joshua Rakes of the American Legion Post 18 Nampa, and several speakers.
The 25th Army band will play Taps and more, including special walking tours at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The tours, led by Joe Bell from the Nampa Historic Preservation Commission, will begin at the Veterans Loop.
Parking will be available in designated areas. Call 468-5898 for more.