AUSTIN (KXAN) — While you’re enjoying your day off, why not take a moment for to honor the troops that sacrificed their lives for our country. Here are some events to do just that, in and around Austin, this weekend.
1. Memorial Day Ceremony and Reception in Sun City
When: Monday May 26, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza
What: Come early and nab one of the 700 folding chairs (or come a little later and bring your own) to honor the men and women of the armed forces who have given their lives in service to the country. Senator John Cornyn, Dr. Charles J. Schwertner and the National Guard 36th Infantry Division Band will be at the event and a flyover will be performed by Falcon Flight, a Texas-based formation flying team. Join the Community Association for refreshments on the Social Center patio after the ceremony.
2. Memorial Day Salute in Taylor
When: Monday May 26, 10 a.m.
Where: Murphy Park at the Liberty Garden
What: General Douglas MacArthur will guest speak at the annual tribute to veterans in Taylor, Texas. Six World War II veterans who participated in the Honor Flight program will also be honored at this ceremony. The Taylor Fire Department will present the colors and raise the flag and the Taylor Police Department Honor Guard will provide a 3-round volley.
3. Memorial Day Service in Lakeway
When: Monday May 26, 12 p.m.
Where: Lake Travis ISD’s Performing Art’s center
What: The US Airforce Band of the West will perform at this memorial service, which will feature a tribute to the fallen, laying of the wrath, posting of the colors by Lakeway Police Department’s Honor Guard and Pipe Corps and remarks by US Air force Major General Rod Kelly.
4. Austin Memorial March
When: Sunday May 25, 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas
What: Honor the country’s fallen with a 20 mile memorial march. Register your team, or join individually, for free on their website.
5. World War II Re-Enactment
When: Saturday May 24 and Sunday May 25, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Where: Camp Mabry in Austin
What: The free program honors the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard for their service during World War II. The historical reenactment will exhibit the uniform and equipment worn by the American troops and their German opponents, tents, radio equipment, baseball gloves, mess kits and operational vehicles like M4 Sherman Tanks and M3 Halftrack and Jeeps. There will also be fire demonstrations of some of the eras most common small arms. The Texas Military forces Museum will also showcase its new exhibit on the history of the Texas Military Forces in the 19th century.
6. March for fallen Heroes at Zilker Park
When: Saturday May 24, 8 a.m.
Where: Meet in front of Rock Island within Zilker Park
What: Join Sgt. David Mendiola, who has organized this event for the past eight years, on a walk through Zilker Park dedicated to the men, women and children who lost their lives due to war on terror.
7. Memorial Weekend Blood Drive
When: Saturday May 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Parking lot of the Walmart in Buda, 690 Old San Antonio Road
What: Donate blood and save some lives! This blood drive, organized by the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, the Blood Center of Central Texas and Walmart will benefit 35 area hospitals. To make an appointment and read the basic requirements to make a donation, visit their website. Walk-ins also welcome!
Looking for some other fun things to do? Click here to view our list of 8 free things to do this Memorial Day weekend.