Memorial Day weekend activities

Fun family gatherings and barbecues, the ping of a bat at JUCO baseball games and kids splashing in the waters at Lincoln Park-Moyer Swimming Pool signal one thing in Grand Junction: Memorial Day weekend is upon us.

But along with fun activities that mark the weekend, there are a number of events honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

Here are some of the events taking place Memorial Day weekend:

■ At the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, 2830 Riverside Parkway, flags will be placed on graves beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, May 24. A retreat ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 26, and the Memorial Day Ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27. Call 263-8986 for information.

■ A Memorial Day ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, at Elmwood Cemetery, 1175 17 1/4 Road, in Fruita.

■ Redlands Lions Club will place flags the morning of Monday, May 27, in the Tiara Rado, Seasons, Monument Village, Panorama and Village Way subdivisions, as well as some Redlands area businesses. Call 242-3222 or 433-7961 for information on flag service in these areas.

■ The Fleet Reserve Association Colorado West Branch 244 and LA FRA Unit 224 will host its annual Wreath Floating Ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Blue Heron Boat Ramp, on the Colorado River.

Anyone interested in floating a wreath in memory of a deceased military, firefighter or law enforcement family member is invited to bring the wreath to the ceremony. Natural flower wreaths are recommended.

■ The Historic Whitewater Cemetery gates are open and will remain open for visitation through 6 p.m. Monday, May 27. The cemetery is on an adobe hill southeast of the town of Whitewater.

Nine veterans — Confederate, Union and World War II — are buried at the cemetery and their graves are designated with small American flags. Because of cactus on the grounds, visitors should wear closed-toe shoes.

In addition, the Grand Junction Memorial Gardens, 2970 North Ave., invites the public to its Memorial Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, May 27. The Taps Report begins at 11 a.m., and families can add names to be read during Taps. The flag raising is at noon.

Refreshments will be served and goodie bags and flags will be handed out while supplies last.

For more information call 243-3490.



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