Memorial Day is coming up on Monday, May 29, 2023. What types of plans do you have for Memorial Day and the three day weekend? Hopefully it includes some reflection on the men and women that gave their lives to protect the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans.

Some folks think that Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, it's the day the pool gets opened up and it's one of the biggest BBQ days of the year. While some of these things might be true, the reason we have Memorial Day is to pay our respects.

How long has Memorial Day been around? Has it always been on the last Monday of the month of May? Wikipedia provides some answers:

Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces. It is observed on the last Monday of May. From 1868 to 1970, it was observed on May 30. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many volunteers place American flags on the graves of military personnel in national cemeteries.

Enjoying time with the family and taking advantage of the nice weather gives all of us a nice break at the end of May. The real reason we have a three day weekend is to honor those that have wrote the blank check for our country and sadly it was cashed. If you know a Gold Star Family please acknowledge them. Here are some fun things to do on Memorial Day in Lansing with the family.

10 Lansing Area Memorial Day Events on May 29th!

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Meridian Township Memorial Day Tribute - 11a - Glendale Cemetery
2500 Mt Hope Rd, Okemos, MI

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Holt Memorial Day Parade - 2p - 

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Photo by frank mckenna on Unsplash
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Webberville Memorial Day Run - 1p - 202 N Main St, Webberville, MI

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Spring Arbor Memorial Day Parade - 1p - Spring Arbor Twp.

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Memorial Day Flag Retirement Ceremony - 12:00 - American Legion Post 1291324 E Bridge Street, Portland, MI 48875

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Photo by Chad Madden on Unsplash
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BIGFOOT CHALLENGE 8k & 5k Run/Walk - 8a - 1264 Adams St, Dansville, MI

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1st Annual Memorial Day Benefit Car Show - 10a - 3p - 8969 Hyne Rd, Brighton, MI

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Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash
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Memorial Day 5K - Pinckney

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Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast -730a - 10632 Hibner Rd, Hartland, MI 48353

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Hubbardston Memorial Day 5k Run/Walk - 8a - 305 Russell St, Hubbardston, MI

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