Memorial Day weekend marks the end or near-end of the school year, the opening of public pools and splash pads, and countless ads for money-saving sales. But the last Monday of May is designated as a solemn day of remembrance, a time to take a moment and reflect on the sacrifices made by fallen members of our military. You can observe the National Moment of Remembrance on May 29 at 3 p.m. or attend one of these events. With the ever-changing North Texas weather, be sure to check event websites for possible schedule changes and other updates.
MCKINNEY MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY
FREE The service includes the addition of new names on the Memorial Wall of Honor, which pays tribute to McKinney residents who lost their lives while in the armed services. Gold Star families will take part in a wreath ceremony. Presented by the McKinney Armed Services Memorial Board.
May 27 at 10 a.m. at McKinney Veterans Memorial Park, 6053 Weiskopf Ave., McKinney. mckinneytexas.org.
CARRY THE LOAD MEMORIAL MARCH
FREE This event, which started more than a decade ago to emphasize the true meaning of Memorial Day, pays homage to military, veterans, first responders and their families. Gates open May 28 at noon with speakers and activities. The 20-hour march steps off at 4:30 p.m. at Reverchon Park, loops through Dallas streets for 2 miles, then continues overnight on the Katy Trail. Participants can decide how long they march but are encouraged to carry a load such as a backpack, which symbolizes carrying the fallen heroes. Cheering on the marchers is also encouraged. There will be live music, a kids zone and flag ceremonies during the two-day event. No registration or payment is required, but everyone is encouraged to sign up online as an individual or as part of a team. Donations will benefit Carry the Load’s Continuum of Care program.
May 28 at noon until May 29 at 1 p.m. at Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave., Dallas. Free. carrytheload.org/dallas-memorial-march.
DALLAS-FORT WORTH NATIONAL CEMETERY
FREE A Memorial Day service at the National Cemetery will include a Marine color guard, the 1st Cavalry Division Band, the Midlothian High School choir, a Marine cannon salute and remarks by retired Maj. Gen. James L. Williams. Guests can park at the Potter House (6777 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas ) and ride a free shuttle to and from the cemetery.
May 29 at 11 a.m. at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. Free. cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/dallasftworth.asp.
DSO MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT
FREE The Dallas Symphony Orchestra kicks off its outdoor park concert series with the annual Memorial Day show at Flag Pole Hill. Pack a picnic, take a blanket and enjoy patriotic tunes under the stars. Fireworks will open the evening, followed by the concert. In the case of inclement weather, the event will move to the Meyerson Symphony Center in the Dallas Arts District.
May 29 at 8:15 p.m. at Flag Pole Hill, 8015 Doran Circle, Dallas. Free. dallassymphony.org.
FORT WORTH MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE
FREE Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker, honorary event chairman and WWII veteran Don Graves, U.S. Navy Capt. Mark McLean and other dignitaries will be on hand for the 94th annual service at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Along with the special guests, the VMFA-112 Cowboys, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve F-18 Flyover Team will pay tribute.
May 29 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 2301 N. Sylvania Ave., Fort Worth. Free. greenwoodfuneralhomes.com.
MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT
Singer-songwriter Kristy Kruger will perform a Memorial Day concert benefiting the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, a nonprofit whose mission is to help unhoused veterans. The show is also a tribute to her brother, Lt. Col. Eric John Kruger, who died in 2006 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Kruger will emcee the concert, which will include sets by Dollar Store Generals, Michael Koliba, Jeff Story and more. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $10 will go to the charity.
May 29 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Opening Bell Coffee, 1409 Botham Jean Blvd., Dallas. openingbellcoffee.com.
DUNCANVILLE MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM
The ceremony begins with the lowering of the American flag to half-staff. Participants include city officials and veterans groups from the Duncanville area.
May 29 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Memorial Park, 101 N. Main St., Duncanville. Free. duncanvilletx.gov.
GRAND PRAIRIE MEMORIAL DAY
FREE, LIVE AND VIRTUAL Watch in person or online as the city of Grand Prairie hosts a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. Gates open at 9:30 a.m.
May 29 at 10 a.m. at Veterans Event Center, 925 Conover Drive, Grand Prairie. Free. Streaming on facebook.com/grandfungp.
MESQUITE MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY
FREE A brief program will include remarks by Mesquite Mayor Daniel Aléman and a reading of the names on the memorial, followed by the playing of taps. The National Moment of Remembrance will be observed at 3 p.m. Guests are welcome to take folding chairs for seating.
May 29 at 2:55 p.m. at the Mesquite Veterans Memorial, 425 S. Galloway Ave., Mesquite. Free. cityofmesquite.com.
MEMORIAL DAY VETERANS PARADE AND FALLEN HEROES TRIBUTE
On the closing day of the Scarborough Renaissance Festival, active military members and veterans will be offered a complimentary yellow sash at the Village Armoury to commemorate their service. At 1 p.m., they are invited to march in the Grand Parade. The presentation of colors and a special Fallen Heroes tribute will take place at the Royal Pavilion at the conclusion of the parade.
May 29 at 1 p.m. at Scarborough Renaissance Festival, 2511 FM66, Waxahachie. Festival admission is $32 in advance, $37 at the gate for one-day tickets for adults and teens 13 and up; $14 in advance, $17 at the gate for children 5-12; free for children 4 and younger. Discounts are offered for military members, veterans and their families. srfestival.com.
RESTLAND’S MEMORIAL DAY EVENT
FREE The cemetery’s in-person Memorial Day service returns for the 80th year. Flags will fly along the Avenue of Flags as special guests deliver remarks. In attendance will be Fallen Officer Foundation’s Rob Kyker and American Gold Star Mothers’ Phyllis Bromfield. Honor guards from the Retired Dallas Fire Fighters Association and the Richardson Police Department will also take part in the ceremony.
May 29 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Restland Funeral Home and Cemetery, 13005 Greenville Ave., Dallas. Free. facebook.com/restlandfunerals/events.