Amid the festivities that have grown to surround Memorial Day weekend, it’s important to remember the reason behind this federal holiday too—honoring the memory of the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
The holiday takes place on the last Monday in May, and will be officially observed on Monday, May 26 this year.
Pensacola is home to Veterans Memorial Park, which draws visitors year round to honor fallen service members. On Sunday, May 25 at 2 p.m., the Veterans Memorial Park Foundation of Pensacola will hold a special ceremony in memory of those to whom the memorials pay tribute. General “Spider” Nyland, USMC Retired will be the guest of honor and keynote speaker.
Also planning a weekend of events in observance of Memorial Day is the Vietnam & Legacy Motorcycle Club. The club, active in Veterans concerns locally since 1991, is holding its 19th annual Memorial Day Ride, which is the culmination of a weekend of events at American Legion Post 340. Starting Friday, events will include live music, camping (spots available on a first come, first serve basis), a free pasta dinner at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, and pre-ride activities on Sunday, including breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Registration for the memorial ride begins at 9 a.m. on Sunday, and the police-escorted ride to the Pensacola Veterans Memorial Park is set to depart at 1 p.m. There is a $10 per person ride fee, and the funds collected will go to benefit local Veterans support groups and to cover expenses associated with the ride.
Veterans Memorial Park
200 S. 10th Ave. (at Bayfront Parkway)
290-7561 or veteransmemorialparkpensacola.com
American Legion Post 340
8890 Ashland Ave.
477-8094 or americanlegionpost340.webs.com
The Vietnam & Legacy Motorcycle Club