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Ways to observe Memorial Day in Knoxville, Tennessee

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Memorial Day has become the official start of Summer. Public pools open for swimmers to cool off. Everyone has his grill ready to begin the hamburger and hot dog grilling. Everyone enjoys the Monday holiday and three day weekend. Memorial Day does have an important and somber meaning and each family in Knoxville should take a few minutes to acknowledge this meaning on Memorial Day. We acknowledge our living veterans on Veterans Day and our war dead on Memorial Day.

This Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2014, our nation will observe a moment of silence at 3:00 p.m. local time. At the very least, each Knoxville family can take the time to observe this moment of silence. Your family could also take a few minutes to read about the origins of Memorial Day. This one by the Department of Veterans Affairs is written with a nice balance.

Beginning at 6:00 a.m., more than 70 volunteers will read the names of the more than 6,000 East Tennesseans killed in battle for the United States of America. The reading of the names will take place at the Veterans Memorial in World's Fair Park by the STEM Academy. The reading of the names will be completed by 11:30 a.m.

At 7:00 p.m., Oak Ridge will hold a Memorial Day Band Concert at AK Bissel Park on Oak Ridge Turnpike.

Both of the Tennessee Veterans Cemeteries in our area have been decorated with flags for the Memorial Day observance. The cemeteries are on Lyons View Pike and John Sevier Highway. Visiting one of the veterans cemeteries might be a good way to teach a 10-12 year old child about traditions and honor.

Memorial Day observances can become a very important tradition for your family, along with the hot dogs and hamburgers.

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