Memorial Day is right around the corner. We've rounded up some events to honor fallen heroes in our area.
Saturday, May 26: Memorial Day Garden of Flags Planting and Ceremony
Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana Chapter 1 and volunteers will be planting 11,000 American flags and reading the names of the fallen from 9/11 to present day this Saturday from 8:30 AM to 12 PM in front of the state capitol.
The flags will be carried in by the For Our Fallen organization with the opening ceremony will beginning at 8:30 AM followed by the planting of the flags.
Sunday, May 27: Memorial Day BBQ & Veterans Benefit
Huey’s will be hosting a Memorial Day BBQ to benefit veterans. They will be serving $1 burgers from noon till close, collecting donations, and giving away prizes, all to go towards benefiting veterans and their families.
Monday, May 28: Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony
The Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony sponsored by the USS KIDD Veterans Museum will be this Monday at 10 AM.
The ceremony will be held in the Louisiana Memorial Plaza and is free and open to the public. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved into the museum.
Veterans are encouraged to wear something that represents their branch of service, such as their uniform or a small pin. Gold Star families are encouraged to bring a picture of their loved one.
Monday, May 28: The Baton Rouge Concert Band- Annual Memorial Day Concert
This volunteer organization performs classic patriotic ballads every year to honor our fallen soldiers. Beginning at 7 p.m. in North Boulevard Town Square on Monday you can bring your chairs and blankets and listen to beautiful music on the lawn.
Monday, May 28: Memorial Day Murph Challenge
Lt. Mike Murphy was a courageous hero who gave his life in combat. The Murph Challenge is a way of honoring and showing respect for our fallen heroes in Murphy’s memory. It will be held at 9 AM at the Audubon Cross Fit. The workout consists of:
-1 mike run
-100 pull ups
-200 push ups
-300 air squats
-1 mile run
The class is free and open to the public.
Monday, May 28: Memorial Day Ceremony
The Ascension Veterans Memorial Park Foundation will host a Memorial Day observance at Veterans Park in Gonzales at 10 a.m. Hundreds will gather around the Park Amphitheater to remember those soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Local organizations participating in the Memorial Day event included the American Legion Post 81 and Auxiliary, St. Amant High School Navy JROTC, and many more. Refreshments will be provided after the ceremony.