The open house and air show Saturday and Sunday at Hill Air Force Base alone would make for a full Memorial Day weekend; however, several other traditional activities throughout the weekend will be hosted by funeral homes, municipalities and veterans organizations.
Most of the activities hosted by funeral homes serve as a gentle reminder that Memorial Day started out as an effort to decorate graves of soldiers who died during the Civil War. The day has evolved, however, into one where all graves are decorated.
But the military association is still clear.
Activities scheduled in the Top of Utah include:
- 8:30 a.m., Myers Mortuary Evergreen Memorial Park, 100 Monroe Blvd., Ogden: Volunteers begin putting out 3,500 American flags.
- 4 p.m., Evergreen Memorial Park: Boy Scout project to clean all grave markers.
- 5:30 p.m., Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park, 838 36th St., Ogden: Flag retirement ceremony by VFW Post 1481. The public is invited to bring old, worn or dirty flags for proper disposal, or they can be left at the cemetery ahead of time.
- All day: VFW Post 1481 is selling poppies at the Hill Air Force Base air show and at Wangsgards Market, 120 N. Washington Blvd., Ogden.
- 7:45 a.m., Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park, 838 36th St., Ogden: VFW Post 1481 places more than 1,200 flags on graves of veterans.
- All day: VFW Post 1481 selling poppies at the Hill Air Force Base air show.
- 5:30 p.m., Myers Mortuary Evergreen Memorial Park sunset service. Performance by Vocalocity, an a cappella group, and the Galloway Highland Bagpipe Band. VFW Post 1481 will perform military honors.
- 5:30 p.m., Lindquist Funeral Homes Memorial Park in Layton, 1867 Fairfield Road: Flag ceremony, Wasatch and District Pipe Band. Speaker is U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch.
Monday, Memorial Day
- 5:29 a.m., Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park: VFW 1481 members hold a sunrise observance the gravesite of Cpl. Fred J. Grant, namesake of the Ogden VFW Post.
- 7 a.m., American Legion Post 9 Baker-Merrill arrive at Ogden City Cemetery to place flags on the graves of the veterans.
- 9 a.m., Tremonton Riverview Cemetery, 200 E. 1200 South: Flag ceremony and memorial for veterans of all wars by American Legion Posts 10 and 65 and VFW Post 1695.
- 9 a.m., Deweyville City Cemetery, Highway 38: Flag ceremony and memorial services.
- 9 a.m., Riverdale: Flag ceremony and wreath placing at civic center, Veterans Memorial, 4600 S. Weber River Drive.
- 10 a.m., Ogden City Cemetery: American Legion Post 9 Baker-Merrill ceremony at the World War I monument, followed by observance at the Ogden River to honor vets of the Navy.
- 10 a.m., Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park: Memorial service and Fallen Soldier Ceremony.
- 10 a.m., Kaysville City Cemetery: Memorial Day program featuring the Davis High School drum line, American Legion Post 27 flag ceremony and speaker LaMar Buckner.
- 11 a.m., Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park: Disabled American Veterans ceremony.
- 11 a.m., Brigham City Cemetery, 425 S. 500 East: Flags placed on graves of all veterans. Program by Brigham City Symphonic Choir, taps and a rifle volley, followed by a balloon release.
- Noon, Lindquist Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 S. Washington Blvd., South Ogden: Flag ceremony by Troop 461, Boy Scouts of America, performance by Wasatch and District Pipe Band. Guest speaker is Beau Hunt.
- 2 p.m., Lindquist Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch, 1718 Combe Road, South Ogden: Flag ceremony by Troop 461, Boy Scouts of America, performance by Wasatch and District Pipe Band. Guest speaker is Terry Schow, executive director of the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs.