For many Memorial Day means school is out, white clothing is again acceptable, Seven Peaks will open its gates for the season and family and friends will gather to fire up the barbecue.
But Provo City is hoping citizens will take a moment in the morning to gather and remember the purpose of the holiday.
On Monday, May 26, Provo City will hold a Memorial Day Service at 10:00 a.m., which is free and open to the public. Active duty servicemen and women and veterans are encouraged to wear uniforms.
According to a press release, Provo City Veteran’s Council and America’s Freedom Festival organized the event to remember the sacrifice of past and present service members.
Provo City Veterans Council Chair David Gunn will be the keynote speaker, followed by a 21-gun salute by Metro SWAT and the “Taps” bugle call by Timpview High School Band.
Musical numbers will be provided by the Timpview High School Band, the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Miss Provo Sasha Heaps and her attendants, and a wreath-laying ceremony by Provo Mayor John Curtis, accompanied by the chaplain of the Disabled American Veterans Department of Utah, Marvin Hardy, and the sergeant-at-arms of the American Legion Post 13, James Arguello.
The event will be located at the Provo City Cemetery, 610 S. State Street. In the case of bad weather, the service will be moved to the Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center Street.