Memorial Day is meant to celebrate and honor the veterans who bravely gave their lives in service to our great country. According to the City of Carbondale, the holiday was first celebrated at their own Woodlawn Cemetery in April of 1866. Due to the proud history of Memorial Day in this area, numerous local events are planned every year. This guide will help you figure out which of these occasions is best suited for your holiday plans.
Woodlawn Cemetery Service
Every year, the city hosts a Memorial Day Service at the historic Woodlawn Cemetery, just as it was back in 1866. This event occurs rain or shine, at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 26, and is usually hosted by a member of the Carbondale city government. Groups in attendance include the VFW, American Legion, and the Carbondale Preservation Commission, among others. The event is free to the public and all are welcome.
21 Guns, a Memorial Day Salute
Gold’s Gym is honoring veterans by holding a morning exercise event: “21 Guns, a Memorial Day Salute.” The workout event is from 10-11 a.m. on Sunday, May 25, and is hosted by WOD for Warriors. Interested patrons should purchase tickets to participate in the “Workout of the Day” movement, meant to foster communication and understanding. To sign up and purchase tickets, visit their event website.
Thebes Memorial Day Weekend Celebration
The local Thebes Courthouse is holding their annual Memorial Day Weekend celebration on the 24th and 25th of May. The event lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, and is filled with delicious food, intriguing crafters, and a historical backdrop for local musicians. For directions and more information on the activities, check out their website here.
Annual Memorial Day BBQ & Open House
Just a few miles down the road in Mulkeytown, the Annual Memorial Day BBQ will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. There are plate lunches and delectable ribs available for pre-order, as well as raffles and crafters to enjoy while you take in the historical scenery of the Silkwood Inn Museum. Tickets and pre-orders can be purchased by visiting the Southern Illinoisan.
The city of Carbondale and the southern Illinois region are proud to hold such a historical stake in the creation of Memorial Day. The locals are pleasant and personable, and visitors are always welcome. Please, join us for some of these wonderful events, and don’t forget to say hello!