It’s the official start of summer and Memorial Day weekend is when most communities open their swimming pools. This 3-day weekend has become a popular time for weddings, grad parties, cookouts, and shopping. Many of us remember when we called this important day Decoration Day because it was the day people placed wreaths and flowers to decorate the gravesites of fallen soldiers. Did you know that this practice actually began in May of 1865 by 1000 newly freed slaves who formed the US Colored Troops? A few years later in May 1968 General John Logan, chief of the Union Army officially decreed May 30 as the day to commemorate fallen soldiers. Read more about the history and evolution of Memorial Day in this story by the History Channel.
As we enjoy a variety of Memorial Day activities, let’s keep in mind that this day is about those who have served our country and have lost their lives in that service. So, take the time to thank a soldier for their current service and show your appreciation to a Veteran who served in the past. You might not have to look very far, here at Eastcastle we are proud of our residents who are Veterans. They truly are the reason we all enjoy the freedom to celebrate with a day off of work and school on the last Monday in May. Here in Milwaukee, we know how to have fun every weekend but here are a few special Memorial Day events to get out and enjoy.
Kick off your weekend with a fun river experience. See our fair city from the water on the Great American Kayak Crawl Friday, May 25. Paddle your way through town and enjoy the beauty of downtown Milwaukee. Kayaking is fun and can also be challenging so you’ll be ready for breaks. Fortunately, there are five breaks built into the schedule as the crawl stops at five brewpubs for refreshments.
Memorial Day is a great time to say “Take Me Out to the Ball Game!” Get a free flat bill snapback hat Friday night when the Brewers take on the New York Mets at the Brewers Game which begins at 7:10 PM. The series continues Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Sunday is Travis Shaw Bobblehead Day, and Monday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals come to town for Military Appreciation Day. Half-price tickets are available for members of the military both current and vets on Sunday and Monday, find out more about Brewers Military Appreciation Days.
It wouldn’t be a holiday without a parade. Don’t miss your chance to honor those that served and paid the ultimate price. This year is the 153rd annual Memorial Day Parade. The festivities begin at 2:00 PM at 4th and Wisconsin and end at Veteran’s Park.
Here at Eastcastle Place, we’ll commemorate Memorial Day as Vietnam War Veteran Avner Zarmi presents “Unknown History of WWII.” Our Red, White, and Blue Social will be held afterward.