Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifices that America’s military personnel have made to protect this country from foreign aggression. In West Seattle, there are many ways to celebrate the holiday alongside your friends and family.
Whether you’re looking to reverently honor veterans and fallen heroes or enjoy the life made possible by their sacrifice, there are numerous Memorial Day events in Seattle to consider.
How to Celebrate Memorial Day 2020 in Seattle
At Daystar Retirement Village, there will be community activities taking place over Memorial Day weekend in honor of veterans who died while serving the United States. However, the holiday also provides an opportunity to get off campus to celebrate with friends, family and your greater Seattle community.
Here is a look at some of the family and senior-friendly events taking place around the South Puget Sound region during Memorial Day weekend:
1. Attend the Northwest Folklife Festival
The free Northwest Folklife Festival 2020, which takes place over Memorial Day weekend, from May 22 to 25, is an annual event that celebrates the music, arts, and heritage that make up the cultural tapestry of the greater Pacific Northwest. The 49th annual Folklife Festival will be held at the Seattle Center and feature more than 5,000 performers on 20-plus stages, along with several hundred vendors.
2. Memorial Day Parade in Mill Creek
Mill Creek, north of Seattle, hosts one of the most prominent Memorial Day parades and ceremonies in the region. The Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony will start at 9 a.m. Monday, May 25, at the Veterans Monument at Library Park. The ceremony includes remarks from the mayor, a prayer from the Mill Creek police chaplain, a laying of a wreath, singing of the National Anthem by the Mill Creek Chorale, and a flag-raising ceremony. The parade starts at 11 a.m. on Main Street and includes military, veteran, and community groups, along with other entrants. The public is also invited to visit display tents along Main Street that have historical memorabilia and artifacts from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
3. Take a Memorial Day Train Ride
The Northwest Railway Museum pays tribute to America’s service members and their families on Memorial Day with a special weekday train run, in addition the railroad’s usual weekend train schedule. Train excursions take you through the Cascade foothills of the Upper Snoqualmie Valley, and they are a fun activity to do on your own or with your family. In honor of the holiday, the museum is offering $5 roundtrip fare from Saturday, May 23, to Monday, May 25, to members of the military and their dependent family members.
4. Visit The Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight, located at 9404 E. Marginal Way South in Seattle, recognizes Memorial Day with a musical performance by the Boeing Employee Concert Band, followed by a special ceremony commemorating fallen U.S. soldiers. Lt. Dave Cable, Vietnam War veteran and U.S. Navy A-6 Intruder Pilot, will be the keynote speaker. In addition, veterans and active U.S. military personnel receive free admission to the museum on Memorial Day.
5. See the ‘American Democracy’ Exhibition
The Museum of History and Industry in Seattle is hosting an exhibition on “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith,” and Memorial Day is a great time to visit the museum. “American Democracy,” an exhibition developed by the National Museum of American History and adapted for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services, explores America’s bold experiment in government. It features engaging multimedia experiences and artifacts from the Smithsonian, as well as MOHAI’s own collection.
6. Stop by the Forest Lawn Cemetery
In West Seattle, Forest Lawn Cemetery and Funeral Home traditionally holds an annual Memorial Day Celebration in the afternoon at the cemetery on Sylvan Way SW. The event is co-sponsored by American Legion Post 160 and Boy Scout Troop 284 and features speeches, music, and a minute of silence. During the ceremony, the poignant notes of Taps will echo across the graveyard.
7. Watch the National Memorial Day Concert
If you would rather spend a quiet holiday at your West Seattle retirement community, you can still commemorate Memorial Day by viewing the National Memorial Day Concert, one of PBS’s highest-rated programs. The TV event, which is aired live from the U.S. Capitol, features a star-studded lineup to pay tribute to the men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Retiring in West Seattle
One of the best parts of moving to a retirement community in West Seattle is you can enjoy the benefits of living on a peaceful campus surrounded by your peers, and yet you’re not far from the city when you want to get out and celebrate holidays, such as Memorial Day. There are plenty of activities and attractions for seniors in the Seattle area, and Daystar Retirement Village provides the necessary accommodations, amenities and services so you can pursue and enjoy an active, independent lifestyle during your senior years.