Memorial Day is a day of traditions. In the towns near where I live there are some well-kept cemeteries. In Idaho Falls there are two; Fielding Memorial and Rose Hill Cemetery. To the South there is the Taylor Cemetery (my son and husband are buried here) and the Shelley Cemetery. To the East there are the Ammon, Lincoln, and Iona Cemeteries. To the North is the Grant and the Ucon. All of these are well kept and are visited by many family members over the Memorial weekend. It is the tradition of the area to visit the graves and to decorate them with flowers and other tokens of memory. Each of these cemeteries have a set regulation about artificial flowers and decorations. It is advised that all items placed on the graves will be removed on the seventh day following a holiday.
Some years will find me visiting many of these locations. Between my husband and me, we have relatives at every single one of these cemeteries. Other years I will only make it to visit the grave of my son and husband in Taylor.
Now Memorial Day is not entirely taken up by visiting the dead. Nor is Monday the only day that people visit the graves. I have been known to visit them on Saturday or Sunday. There are so many people who decorate the graves that the cemeteries turn in to fields of flower. Other activities are participated in that are on a lighter note. Such as the following:
Field of Honor Memorial of Idaho Falls
At least 1,000 Flags will be posted in Freeman Park on Saturday May 24th where they will remain through Monday the 26th for all to enjoy as they wave in the wind. Flags are sponsored with the proceeds benefiting non-profit groups like the Local Veterans Groups, Help Inc., and Crimestoppers Inc. If you want to participate in posting a flag or in sponsoring check this site out: http://www.healingfield.org/idahofalls14/
Armed Forces Day
This event is at the Tautphaus Park Zoo the week before memorial weekend. On May 17th all members of the armed forces and their immediate family are given free admission to the zoo in Idaho Falls.
Grin and Bear it 4-K Fun Run
Start the day Saturday the 24th early, the run begins at 8 a.m. in the Tautphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls. Cheering families receive a 50% discount on their admission.
Bear Aware Day
On May 24th from 1pm to 4pm every child under 12 who brings a teddy bear to the Tautphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls will receive a free admission and can participate in fun bear activities, grafts, and games.http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/city/city-departments/parks-recreation/parks-recreation-zoo/calendar-of-events.html
Color Vibe 5K
Starting at 9 a.m. and costing from $40 to $50 at the Snake River Landing in Idaho Falls. This is being called a color blast event and is held at 901 Pier View Drive #104. This is sponsored by the Unitedway. Check it out: http://thecolorvibe.com/idahofalls.php