The history behind Memorial Day
Several Sacramento-area events are scheduled Monday – Memorial Day – to honor soldiers who died in active duty:
▪ Wounded Veteran Run (Monday, Folsom): Track stars and speed-walkers alike can honor wounded veterans with this Folsom race. The annual event was started in 2011 by a local personal trainer who wanted to pay tribute to her brother after he was badly injured while serving in Afghanistan in 2010. Beginning at Vista del Lago High School, the run offers a timed 10K or 5K race as well as an untimed 3K running/walking event. A Kids Fun Run for children under 12 also is available. Both local and national veteran groups receive funds raised from the event. Prices range from $15 for kids to $50 for runners in the 10K. The Kids Fun Run kicks off first at 8 a.m.
▪ Sacramento Memorial Auditorium Memorial Day Open House (Monday, Sacramento): The auditorium built as a tribute to the Sacramento residents who died in service to their country will open its doors to the public on Monday. Attendees can view the names of those local military men and women inscribed onto 10 marble tablets housed at the venue, with docents at the ready to answer questions throughout the tour. The short film, “Memorial 90,” is scheduled to air every 15 minutes. It features old photographs and footage documenting the auditorium’s history throughout its first 90 years. Admission is free. Doors open at 10 a.m.
▪ The William L. Gilmore Memorial Day Parade (Monday, North Highlands): This Memorial Day parade along a portion of Watt Avenue will honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. “In Memory of Many, in Honor of All” is the theme for this year’s event. The two-hour parade begins at 10 a.m. at Watt Avenue and I Street, with a procession of cars and floats driving southbound until they reach A Street.
▪ Walk for Veterans (Monday, Elk Grove): Get to know local veterans during a 1.8 mile walk starting at the Elk Grove Cemetery on Monday. The walk is organized by the nonprofit Elk Grove Sons of the American Legion and is intended to honor the servicemen and servicewomen who died protecting the country as well as the veterans currently living in the community. The walk starts at 11 a.m. and will conclude at Elk Grove Regional Park, where a free barbecue lunch will be provided. Participants must complete a a liability waiver, available at the walk’s Eventbrite page.