Honoring Memorial Day in Louisville

Will you be honoring Memorial Day this weekend? The weekend originated as Decoration Day, a commemoration of soldiers who died in the Civil War. Now known as Memorial Day, our country honors all veterans who have died while serving their country. There are several events around Louisville this weekend that you can participate in to remember and honor our heros.

Memorial Day Ceremony at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery

Zachary Taylor National Cemetery will be hosting a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 26th at 2:00 p.m. Take the opportunity to honor our Veterans at this special memorial ceremony. This local cemetery is a place of history and honor. Zachary Taylor and his wife are buried here. The Zachary Taylor National Cemetery is located at 4701 Brownsboro Rd.

Holiday Hero Memorial Day Blood Drive

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a Holiday Hero Memorial Day Blood Drive. Consider giving blood in honor of this holiday weekend. The blood drive takes place on Wednesday, May 28th from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. so it won’t interfere with your weekend plans. Stoker’s Broaster Chicken will provide chicken dinners throughout the drive. Donators will receive a coupon for a free pint of Graeter’s Ice Cream, yum! You will also receive a free American Red Cross t-shirt in honor of donating.

If you plan on donating blood, you can schedule an appointment here. For more information, visit the American Red Cross website.

Long May She Wave Exhibit

It’s very fitting to recognize our country’s beautiful flag this Memorial Day weekend. The Frazier Museum currently features the exhibit Long May She Way: A Graphic History of the American Flag. Guests can view over one thousand American Flags that are on display. Enjoy a beautiful collection of folk art and memorabilia about the American Flag. You’ll be able to view items such as Civil War-era flags, original flag art, Native American relics and political campaign items.

The Long May She Wave exhibit will be open throughout the Memorial Day weekend from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through July 6, 2014 and is sponsored by Bosse Mattingly Constructors. General Admission ranges from $6.00 to $10.50 depending on age. Teachers, members and children four and under are free. The Frazier Museum is located at 829 W. Main St.

Memorial Day Lunch & Sightseeing

Celebrate Memorial Day with a sightseeing cruise and lunch aboard the Belle of Louisville. Guests will enjoy a relaxing two hour cruise on The Belle, as she travels up the Ohio River Monday afternoon. A historic and well known steamboat, the Belle of Louisville turns 100 this year. There’s no better season to enjoy a cruise than now! The crew will honor the sacrifice of our service men and women.

You can choose to purchase a ticket for the cruise only, or select an option that includes a delicious dinner buffet. With dinner included, adult tickets are $35.00 and children age three to twelve are $25.00. Don’t forget, it’s Hometown Tourist month, so discounted tickets may be available! The cruise starts boarding at 12:30 p.m. on May 26th. The steamboat will cruise from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Visit The Belle of Louisville for more information.

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