Well, it’s Memorial Day weekend and if you plan on visiting a loved one you’ve lost, here is some news that may help you get where you want to go. And, even though it’s traditional to remember our troops, soldiers and others who have given their lives in battle, I like to remember my own fallen family members and take a moment to touch base with them and all the wonderful memories.
BTW — if you’re planning on getting together with friends and/or family, don’t plan a river trip down the Boise river just yet — the water’s too cold!
MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS:
Emmett Memorial Day ceremonies: 9 a.m. at Freezeout Hill Memorial off Idaho 16. The event will be followed by another ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Emmett National Guard Armory to dedicate a memorial wall in honor of two Japanese-American brothers from Emmett killed in action during World War II. Lt. Gov. Brad Little will be the keynote speaker for both events.
Boise Memorial Day Celebration: 10 a.m. at Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, 10100 N. Horseshoe Bend Road. The ceremony will feature speakers, a wreath-laying ceremony, bagpipes, the 25th Army Band and a rifle and cannon salute. There will be a military fly-over by the Idaho Air National Guard and a ceremonial release of white doves.
Caldwell Memorial Day Celebration: Noon at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, 15862 S. Indiana Ave. Highlights include keynote speaker Congressman Walt Minnick, Idaho National Guard fly-over and Nampa CAP cadets color guard.
Statue dedication: 1 p.m. in the first-floor rotunda of the Boise Airport, 3201 Airport Way. A bronze statue of a World War II aviator made by South Dakota artist Benjamin Victor pays homage to more than 6,000 aviators in the Army Air Corps stationed at Gowen Field during World War II. Boise Mayor David Bieter; Lt. Col. Dave Brasuell, Idaho Division of Veterans Services; Sue Paul, Warhawk Museum; Chris Borders, Idaho military historian; Chet Bowers, World War II veteran; Jim Tibbs, Boise city councilman/airport commissioner; and Victor are expected to speak.
The Idaho Civil War Volunteers: Civil War flag-raising ceremony, eulogy and gun salute at noon in Silent Camp at the Veterans Monument in Morris Hill Cemetery, and again at 2 p.m. at the Military Reserve Cemetery on Mountain Cove Road off Reserve Street in Northeast Boise.
Staff at Morris Hill Cemetery, 317 N. Latah St., will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.
The drive-through gate at Pioneer Cemetery, 466 E. Warm Springs Ave., also will be open during these hours.