This is a big weekend for all of us on Mobile Bay. Not only does this weekend mark the unofficial start of our Gulf Coast summer, but it’s also Memorial Day weekend! While you may have had your beach vacation booked for months or already planned out your weekend day by day, chances are most of us are still deciding how to celebrate this fantastic weekend. We’ve put together a list of some unique and memorable ways to celebrate Memorial Day this weekend. However you decide to spend this weekend, we hope that you spend it honoring our veterans past and present! So why not hang an American Flag on your front porch, attend one of the exciting events listed below, or simply tell a veteran thank you for everything they have done for us.
Happy Memorial Day Y’all!
Baldwin Pops Memorial Day Concert
May 24th at 7 p.m.
Heritage Park in Foley
Bring a chair or blanket and your favorite summers snacks! The kids will love the children’s march with flags after intermission and a Checkered Tablecloth Award for the most interesting picnic setup. The movie “A Dolphin Tale” will be shown after the concert
Memorial Brick Pathway Dedication
May 25th at 11 a.m.
Baldwin County Bicentennial Park’s Veterans War Memorial
(51233 Ala. 225, two miles north of Interstate 65 in Stockton)
The engraved memorial bricks along the Veterans Memorial Pathway are those purchased by citizens, family members and organizations to honor a U.S. military veteran (past or present), military unit, ship or group through the Baldwin County Bicentennial Park’s Memorial Brick Program. To buy a memorial brick, contact the Baldwin County Department of Archives and History at 251-580-1897.
Blakely Battle Reenactment
Historic Blakely State Park
Scattered activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
An “attack on the Union” at 12:00 p.m.
Do find yourself watching hours of The History Channel or loading your Kindle with Civil War Books? If so then you will love this exciting look back into Mobile’s fascinating History. Liberty Guard Mess, a re-enactment group, will set up military camps and portray picketing and skirmishing that preceded the pitched Blakeley battle of April 9, 1865. Civil War impressions can be seen at various times and places in the park on Saturday and Sunday at regular admission prices of $3 for adults and $2 for children.
Honor Guard Wreath Laying Ceremony
9:00 a.m. – ceremony at Pelican Reef restaurant
9:30 a.m. – ceremony at Rose of Lima
2:00 p.m. – ceremony at Fowl River Cemetery
With it being one of the only events on Sunday, this would be a great opportunity to pay homage to those who have fought and are still fighting for our freedom and our country. After the event, why not head down to Dauphin Island for an afternoon on the beach, we couldn’t think of a greater way to kick off summer! Sponsored by the American Legion Post No. 250 at 10950 Dauphin Island Parkway
Memorial Day Ceremony – Bay Minette
May 27th at 10:00 a.m.
Under the front portico at 300 Faulkner Drive in Bay Minette.
Retired U.S. Army Col. Patrick H. Downing will be the keynote speaker. Four Old Hearts Quartet from the Pride of Mobile Men’s Chorus will sing the national anthem, which is sure to be absolutely beautiful. There will be a tolling of the bell for deceased veterans and a white rose ceremony for their families.
Sponsored by William F. Green State Veterans Home.
Memorial Day Ceremony – Satsuma
May 27th at 9:00 a.m.
Satsuma City Hall – 5464 Old Highway 43
Special recognition will be given to the Coast Guardsmen who lost their lives in a helicopter crash and to Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Brown, who died in Afghanistan. The guest speaker will be Donald K. Kiper, a resident of Satsuma and distinguished U.S. Navy serviceman.
Gulf Shores Memorial Day Ceremony
May 27th at 10:00 a.m.
Miller Memorial Cemetery on Fort Morgan Road in Gulf Shores.
The cemetery is between mile markers 17 and 16. The ceremony will honor deceased veterans from all branches of military service, especially those buried there, starting with Civil War veterans.
Memorial Motorcycle Ride
May 27th at 8:00 a.m.
Start in Loxley at the Love’s Truck stop.
Riders may join in along the route at Robertsdale High School in Robertsdale, American Legion Post 99 in Foley or American Legion Post 44 in Gulf Shores. The ride will end at Miller Memorial Cemetery where veterans will hold a flag line as part of the memorial service. Following the service, an open house will be held at American Legion Post 44 on Ala. 59 in Gulf Shores between Baldwin County 6 and 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by Baldwin County Legion Riders.
4th Annual Ernest Roy St. Memorial Day Flag Relay
May 27th at 6:45 a.m.
National Cemetery at 1220 Virginia St. Mobile
or at the large city flag pole in Foley on Ala. 59 at 101 W. laurel St.
From Mobile, participants will run, jog or walk in one-mile legs to the Foley flag pole. Participants starting from the Foley flag pole, will run, jog or walk in one-mile legs to the Pensacola Naval Air Station Chapel flag pole. Volunteers are needed as flag carriers, section captains and safety monitors. Also, anyone with a U.S. flag or military services flag is welcome to volunteer its use. For more information or to register, 251-656-5053.
Memorial Day Ceremony – Dauphin Island Pkwy
May 27th at 11:30 a.m.
American Legion Post No. 250 at 10950 Dauphin Island Pkwy
The program will include the raising of the national flag; the singing of the national anthem; a special tribute to each branch of the military; a talk by guest speaker Willis Frazier, a retired Army veteran, and a rifle volley by American Legion Post 250 Honor Guard, followed by “Taps.”
How do you plan to spend this Memorial Day Weekend?
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