Thank a Soldier: Memorial Day
The Memorial Day Weekend gives Highlanders a series of events to honor Fallen Heroes.
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer season here on the Plateau. It’s a time when we bring the barbecue grill out of storage and invite family, friends, and neighbors over for a cookout and catching up.
The long holiday weekend beckons us to enjoy long-standing traditions and make new ones.
This year promises an eagerly anticipated return to our outdoor concerts as Covid restrictions are lifting a bit and it’s hoped that the state will have expanded the allowable crowd size to accommodate these events.
Anticipating that the concerts will be a go, the Highlands Chamber of Commerce has lined up Trudition to play the Friday Night Live concert on Friday, May 28, and Ashley and Her Heathens will play Saturdays on Pine, the following day. Both concerts will be from 6:00 until 8:30 P.M. and visitors are encouraged to confirm that the new state mandates will allow them to go on as planned. Likewise, social distancing and masks will be needed to keep everyone safe.
Most importantly, it’s a time for us to remember the true meaning of the holiday, a day dedicated to remembering our fallen service members who gave their all to protect our freedom and way of life.
Each year, Wreaths Across America, assisted by American Legion Highlands post 370 and other volunteers decorate veteran’s graves at Highlands Memorial Park, a moving reminder of the sacrifices of so many.
American Legion Highlands Post 370 is also planning on having their annual ceremony honoring our fallen soldiers at the Highlands Veterans Plaza in front of the Highlands Police Department on Monday, May 31, at 10:00 A.M.
During this ceremony they also place bricks honoring local military service members along the curving brick path that forms the centerpiece of Veteran’s Plaza. Anyone interested in placing a brick in honor of their service member should contact the Legion at [email protected] or by visiting the kiosk at Veteran’s Park for an application.
On this day of celebration and solemn remembrance let’s all remember, “Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” – Author Unknown.