Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer for many in Utah County. While it’s a great time to get together with family and friends, many cities across the valley are holding special events to commemorate those who have sacrificed to preserve our nation’s freedom. Here is a list of events happening this weekend that have been publicized.
Camp Floyd Civil War Encampment
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 26 and 28
Where: Camp Floyd/Stagecoach Inn State Park and Museum; 18035 W. 1540 North, Fairfield
Cost: $3 general admission, $9 for a family
Camp Floyd State Park is hosting a Civil War Encampment for Memorial Day weekend, allowing visitors to experience camp life and participate in several activities performed by soldiers of Johnston's Army. Visitors will see re-enactors drill and fire period muskets and can learn military drills and wear period uniforms. Participants can enjoy period games, and visit the graves of soldiers who died in the service of our country.
American Fork Memorial Day Breakfast
When: 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. May 28
Where: American Fork Fire Department; 96 N. Center, American Fork
Cost: $6 per adult, $3 per child
Residents are invited to a breakfast provided by the American Fork Fire and Rescue Department. This family event offers a chance to visit the fire station, tours of some of the firetrucks and ambulances, take pictures with Smokey the Bear, experience the Utah Highway Patrol's crash simulator and check out a Life Flight helicopter. All proceeds benefit local first responders.
Alpine Memorial Day Remembrance and Recognition Ceremony
When: 7:30 a.m. May 28
Where: Alpine City Cemetery; 400 Grove Drive, Alpine
Alpine City invites all veterans and their families and friends to the Alpine City Memorial Day Remembrance and Recognition Ceremony. A military Honor Guard will conduct the raising of the flag, and then Alpine’s deceased veterans will be remembered and honored. After the playing of Taps, Alpine’s living veterans will be honored with a medley of military service songs.
Veterans are invited to come in uniform. The ceremony will last 30-40 minutes with light refreshments served after.
Salem Memorial Day Service
When: 8 a.m. May 28
Where: Salem City Cemetery; 965 S. 140 East, Salem
The annual Salem Memorial Day Service will be an opportunity to remember the brave men and women who served our country, and pay respect to loved ones who have passed on.
Lehi Memorial Day Event
When: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. May 28
Where: Lehi City Cemetery' 1525 N. 600 East, Lehi
The Lehi Memorial Day Program, organized by the Post 19 American Legion, Lehi City Arts, and Lehi City, will honor the city’s veterans and their families.
Lindon Monument to Freedom
When: 9 a.m. May 28
Where: Lindon City Cemetery, 550 N. 200 East, Lindon
All are invited to attend the Lindon Monument to Freedom Memorial Day Ceremony honoring all Lindon veterans for their military service. This event will include a special message from an honored veteran, patriotic music by a Lindon Youth Choir, the reading of the role of honor, a 21-gun salute followed by the playing of Taps and the solemn placing of a traditional wreath upon the monument.
Orem Memorial Day Program
When: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. May 28
Where: Orem Cemetery; 1520 N. 800 East, Orem
The Orem Memorial Day Program will honor those who gave their lives in active service to our country. The program will include musical numbers, speeches and a flag ceremony.
Run of Remembrance
When: 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Where: Robinson Park; 100 E. Main St., American Fork
This free run is an opportunity to celebrate Memorial Day remembering and honoring those who served our country. The 5K and 10K races start at 8 a.m., with the Mile Run following at 9:30 a.m.
Provo Memorial Day Service
When: 10 a.m. May 28
Where: Provo City Cemetery; 610 S. State Street, Provo
Provo’s annual Memorial Day Service will honor of all the servicemen and women who have fought and sacrificed for our country throughout our nation’s history, and all those who are fighting today both at home and abroad. The service will include an hour-long program concluding with a 21-gun salute by Metro SWAT and Provo Police Honor Guard, with the Taps bugle call by Timpview High School Band. Active duty and Veterans are encouraged to wear uniforms.
In the case of inclement weather, the service will move to the Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center Street.
American Fork Memorial Day Program
Where: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. May 28
Where: Alpine Tabernacle; 110 E. Main St., American Fork
The American Fork Memorial Day program will feature patriotic music and will celebrate and "honor those who have fought to protect those freedoms." The event will also include special guest speakers and musical numbers.
Santaquin Memorial Day Program
When: 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 28
Where: Santaquin City Cemetery; 100 E. 300 South, Santaquin
The Santaquin Legion Auxiliary American Legion Post #84 hope residents will mark their calendars for the annual Memorial Day program to honor the city’s veterans. The event takes place in the cemetery’s Veterans Memorial Area. Residents should bring their own lawn chairs.
American Fork Flag Retiring Ceremony
When: 2 p.m. May 28
Where: Quail Cove Amphitheater; 851 E. 700 North in American Fork
Memorial Day in American Fork will begin with the annual breakfast, followed by the Run of Remembrance and Memorial Day program. It will wrap up Monday afternoon with a flag retiring ceremony at Quail Cove Amphitheater. The event is open to everyone, and will feature the Pledge of Allegiance, a demonstration of proper flag retirement by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and words from American Fork Mayor Frost.