Pay Tribute to the Fallen this Memorial Day

Posted by Kelly Holck on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 at 3:42pm.

I'm not sure what the exact statistic is but a large portion of people in the United States have forgotten what the true meaning of Memorial Day is. Many (if not most) people know it as a day off of work to go boating, barbecue, and snag all those awesome sales. I'm not saying you can't do those things on Memorial Day, but make sure you keep in mind why your boss has told you to stay away from your workplace for the day:

To remember those we've loved and lost while they were actively serving in the military.

In America, we began observing this day after over 620,000 soldiers were killed in the Civil War; that's more soldiers than were killed in both World Wars combined.


That being said, in order to honor the memories of our fallen heroes, it's important we appreciate what we have because of the sacrifices they made. That means: spending time with the ones we love and doing things that make us happy. Below, you'll find a short list things you can do around Madison to either memorialize our lost loved ones and/or to celebrate the freedoms those brave men and women have gifted us.

The Memorial Mile

Photo courtesy of Isthmus

This powerful display of over 6,000 imitation grave stones is a reminder of the soldiers taken from us in the ongoing wars we're involved in. The Memorial Mile is located on Atwood Avenue (at Olbrich Park) and is available for observing from May 25th through June 1st. Members of Veterans for Peace as well as other volunteers will begin setting up the morning of May 25th.

If you'd like to see this beautiful and moving display, you can park in the tennis court parking lot at Olbrich Park and walk Atwood Avenue from this Saturday through next week Saturday.  


Monona Memorial Day Parade

Starting at 10AM at the 4400 block of Monona Drive on Monday, is one of the largest parades in Dane County: the Monona Memorial Day Parade. The parade ends at Village Lanes (see route below); please note, Monona Drive will be closed to traffic at 9AM!

If you'd like to sponsor the parade or enter a vehicle in the parade, click here. They also have a "sponsor a vet" program where you can pay $75.00 to get your veteran's name in the event brochure, event posters that are plastered all around the community, and in the Herald Democrat! 


Memorial Day Weekend at the Edgewater

The Edgewater is saluting the soldiers this Memorial Day by hosting a concert from 3:00-7:00PM on Saturday, May 25th. The event is taking place outside on the Grand Plaza and will be featuring the scores of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

This event is free and open to the public; the Edgewater will be selling burgers, hot dogs, tacos, chips, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The weather is looking party cloudy and WARM so make sure you don't overdress! 


If you already have plans and/or aren't able to attend one of the above events, there are several other ways you can pay your respects: 

Wear a red poppy - a widely recognized memorial for those who have died serving. You'll likely find a kind veteran selling these outside of a grocery store this weekend.

Acknowledge the National Moment of Remembrance by pausing and taking some time to reflect at 3PM.

Make a charitable donation to your choice of a foundation that helps veterans, military personnel, and/or their families.

Place flowers and/or flags on the graves of fallen soldiers at a national or local cemetery/memorial or simply visit a military memorial, monument, or museum.

Volunteer at your local VFW, VA, homeless shelter, etc. to help the veterans who fought alongside our fallen heroes.

Sponsor a memorial wreath to be placed on the gravesite of a brave soldier.

Fly your American Flag with pride and with proper etiquette.

Watch the National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday at 7:00PM CST.


So, this weekend I task you with finding a way to pay tribute to those who can no longer go enjoy a boat ride or eat hot dogs at a barbecue with family. Take just a portion of this three day weekend to make a toast to the brave men and women who gave their lives so we can spend ours doing whatever we please.

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