CHICAGO, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cities across the US are hosting ceremonies and events during Memorial Day weekend (May 25 – 27) to honor and remember the brave men and women who have given their lives defending their country. The travel experts at The GO Group suggest checking out these events in the following cities.
On Saturday, Chicago is expecting more than 10,000 spectators at its Memorial Day Parade. The day kicks off with a wreath laying ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza then proceeds south on State Street. This year's parade will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Taps, the musical piece played at dusk, and also will be dedicated to the soldiers who fought and died in the Iraq War.
Dallas is participating in Carry The Load, a national 20-hour Memorial Day event honoring service members and their families. Held at Reverchon Park/Katy Trail, participants can march at any time and for any duration during the 20 hours event. Opening ceremonies begin at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday and the march begins at 4. It ends on Monday at 12:13 p.m. with closing ceremonies immediately following. Also, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is holding a free Memorial Day Concert at Flagpole Hill on Monday at 8 p.m. followed by fireworks.
New York is home to numerous parades over the weekend, including ones in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan, among others. The weekend coincides with Fleet Week, (May 23 – 30), the annual celebration where sailors who serve on ships arrive in New York. Events include the parade of ships up the Hudson River, military demonstrations and ship tours.
Events held on Memorial Day in Hawaii include the Natatorium Memorial Day Service at the Waikiki War Memorial and ceremonies at Honolulu's major cemeteries. Tens of thousands are expected to gather at Ala Moana Beach to watch the Shinnyo-en Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony, where a thousand lit lanterns are released onto the ocean. The city also hosts a formal ceremony at Punchbowl Cemetery, near Waikiki Beach, with the decoration of soldiers' graves with leis, flower wreaths, and festivities including live music and fireworks.
Legacy Week in San Diego runs Friday through Monday, with ceremonies, concerts and a discovery zone for kids. Activities include a wreath ceremony on Saturday; a US Navy Band Concert on Sunday and an American Legion Post 492 ceremony on Monday. The American Freedom Festival, a benefit concert for veterans and America's armed forces, will be held Saturday, on deck of the USS Midway Museum, featuring a concert with Creedence Clearwater Revisited. For ticket prices, check the website, https://tickets.americanfreedomfoundation.org/mainstore.asp, for ticket prices.
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