Since our nation’s beginning 241 years ago, more than 1.1 million sons and daughters have died in wars. Those deaths have touched generations and are why we commemorate a special day for the fallen on Memorial Day. One way to honor the fallen on Memorial Day is to fly the flag at half-staff until noon, and then raise it to the top until sunset.
Last year, 38 million people took flight on Memorial Day weekend, and this year could be just as busy. If you plan to stay close to home, Salt Lake City has lots of events and activities to offer, both solemn and joyful. Here are three of our favorites.
- If you want to honor those who died, visit Fort Douglas Cemetery, which will host a ceremony on Memorial Day. The ceremony will begin 9:30 am with an entrance march from the Fort Douglas Military Museum Memorial Park to the cemetery, 375 Chipeta Way. About 30 minutes later, there will be music, wreath laying, a gun salute, taps, a memorial prayer and remarks at the cemetery.
- Interested in seeing visual and performing arts feed off each other? Then check out the Mundi Project’s second annual IMPULSE Festival Saturday. It’s at the Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St. From 1-4 pm, visual and performing arts will collide when live musical performances fuel the inspiration for spontaneous art creation.
- Saturday is the last day to take in the National Choreographic Festival. Join Ballet West and some of America’s most talented ballet companies as they perform new works from around the country. It’s all happening at the Eccles Theater, 131 S. Main St., starting at 7:30 pm.