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Honor and remember those who died serving in defense of our Nation, as well as those who served and are still serving in our armed forces.

Memorial Day Weekend – it’s really easy to just celebrate the three day weekend and the “start of summer” with camping or fishing trips, backyard BBQ’s, big sales at retailers and a long list of other activities.

Memorial Day weekend is all that, of course….but the real reason we celebrate Memorial Day is to honor and remember the men and women who died while serving our country.

If you’ve never been to the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery – Monday, May 29th would be an excellent time to check it out. Memorial Day Monday.

The Idaho Division of Veterans Services will be holding a special Memorial Day ceremony at the cemetery, located at 1011 Horseshoe Bend Road in Boise.

The ceremony will begin at 10am that day, and will recognize the Gold Star Families, Mothers, and Fathers and include a wreath presentation by mulitple Veteran and Civic Organizations. There will be an aircraft flyover, and the ceremony will commemorate the World War II 75th Anniversary.

The U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force will be represented and Idaho Governor Butch Otter will speak, along with other elected officials.

If you would like to go, you can park at Optimist Park at the intersection of Hill and Horseshoe Bend Roads. Shuttle busses will run from the park to the cemetery.

The Idaho State Veterans Cemetery will be decorated with a single U. S. Flag placed with dignity and respect at each grave site by the Treasure Valley Young Marines on the morning of Saturday, May 27th. These flags will compliment the cemetery’s Avenue of Flags raised by members of VFW Post 1173 of Boise.

So celebrate Memorial Day, the men and women who died serving our country would want you to do that. If you can take an hour of your three day weekend to honor and respect them for giving you that opportunity, please do.

If you’d like to know more, contact the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery: (208) 780-1340

If you’d like to see what the ceremony is all about…check out the video below.

Idaho State Veterans Cemetery – Memorial Day 2016 from Samuel Morse on Vimeo.

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