For me, Memorial Day has always just been an extra day off to do yard work and cook out. This year, I thought it might be nice to instill a little thankfulness in myself and my family. Lakewood Cemetary offers that opportunity with a full day of free celebrations, tours and activities to honor the people who have died to make and keep our country free. Plus for $2/per person, you can choose to ride from the Minnesota Streetcar Museum between 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
- 10:30 a.m: Memorial Day Ceremony. This will include special re-enactments in honor of the Civil War including a Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address; a rifle salute and a reading of General Logan’s Orders. There will also be music and a dove release. Chairs are limited, so bring your own seating.
- 12-3 p.m.: Civil War Tours & Activities and Tours of Lakewood’s history, art and gardens
If you are interested in going on a self-guided walking tour, you can pick up free tour brochures in the front entrance of the Administration Building or download them from Lakewood’s online bookstore. Afterwards, stop by by the refreshments tent for free coffee and a cookie.