SPRING JAUNTS: Memorial Day in the Heartlands by Hampton Rhodes

SPRING JAUNTS: Memorial Day in the Heartlands

What better weekend jaunt than to plan a trip to America’s Heartlands to observe Memorial Day?  In observance of Memorial Day, Ronald Reagan said, “Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It’s a day to be with the family and remember.”

This week, Z’Scoop.com scopes out four of the best events worthy of attention and participation from areas around the country celebrating and honoring our fallen heroes of our American military with a visit to the “Shrine of Democracy” in Keystone, South Dakota, a “Colonial Tea Party” in Chesterton, Maryland, an observation and appreciation celebration for Vietnam Vets in Honolulu, Hawaii, or a 200-mile ATV/UTV Rally in Hurley, Wisconsin!

Mount Rushmore Lighting Ceremony – Keystone, SD
The Evening Lighting Ceremony at Mount Rushmore National Memorial is held beginning the Friday before Memorial Day (May 26) to September 30 each year.

This internationally recognized “Shrine of Democracy,” Mount Rushmore National Memorial is open year-round, seven days a week and is located only 3 miles from Keystone and 25 miles from Rapid City, South Dakota. A parking pass is required to visit Mount Rushmore and is reusable anytime during the year (this is not a National Park Fee).

May 26-August 12, the ceremony starts nightly at 9 p.m., and August 13-September 30, it starts nightly at 8 p.m.

Dates: May 26, 2017 – September 30, 2017
Time: 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Address: 13000 Highway 244, Keystone, SD 57751
Cost: $11/vehicle for parking at the Monument
Get Directions
Phone: 605.574.2523
Website: Mount Rushmore

Chestertown Colonial Tea Party Festival – Chestertown, MD
Celebrating colonial resistance to British rule, Chestertown, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, will hold its Annual Tea Party Festival Saturday, May 26 through May 28, 2017.

In response to British Parliament’s closing of the port of Boston, the citizens of Chestertown, Maryland met in May of 1774 and set forth “Resolves” forbidding importing, selling, or consuming tea in Chestertown. According to local legend, residents then gathered at the town center, marched down High Street to the brigantine Geddes, which was anchored in the Chester River, and tossed her cargo of tea overboard. The annual reenactment of that event is the centerpiece of the Chestertown Tea Party Festival. The re-enactment is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on May 27th. All Festival events take place along the Chester River and in the historic district of 18th-century Chestertown, Maryland. There is no admission charge to the Festival.

Start training now for this year’s Classic Distance 10 Mile Run and 5k Run/Walk. Or join the festival-goers that line High Street each year to cheer the passing of colonial militia, marching bands, costume-garbed children and more in the Colonial Parade. A Walking Tour of the historic district is offered to visitors and local residents. The tour is conducted by trained docents who are residents of Kent County. Not only can you purchase many handcrafted Colonial goods at the Festival, but you can also see a live demonstration of how those items are made. On Sunday, challenge yourself and your engineering skills by competing in this year’s Annual Raft Race. You’ll be amazed at the sites and sounds of the Chestertown Tea Party Festival!

Tea Toss Reenactment, Colonial Parade, Street Party, Raft Race, Street Performances, Colonial Crafts, Strolling Musicians, Local Fare, 5k & 10 mile run and more including … Wine and Craft Beer Tasting held on Sunday at Wilmer Park from noon to 4 p.m. The event will feature local Maryland wineries and craft brewers.

Dates: May 26 through 28, 2017
Time: All days and evenings – Various Activities (See Schedule)
Address: Downtown Chestertown, Chestertown, MD 21620
Cost: Admittance to the Festival is FREE
Phone: 443.480.8576
Website: Chestertown Colonial Tea Party Festival

Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Banquet – Honolulu, HI
Planning on being in Hawaii for Memorial Day?

In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is hosting a Welcome Home Banquet on Thursday, May 25 to honor POWs, Medal of Honor recipients, Gold Star families and all returning Vietnam veterans. Highlights of the patriotic evening will include a welcome by Medal of Honor recipient Major General Patrick Brady, distinguished military guests, and celebrity appearances.

NBC journalist David Price will emcee a program that recreates and honors the legacy of Bob Hope, who entertained U.S. troops wherever they were stationed around the world, especially at Christmas, for more than 50 years. USO videos will showcase Hollywood celebrities and entertainers keeping the spirits of U.S. troops flying high and reminding them of home. The evening will include a guest appearance by actress, singer and dancer Ann-Margaret and a special performance by recording artist and entertainer Tony Orlando with his band.

** Be sure to stay over in Honolulu for the F-105 Dedication and Meet & Greet for Vietnam Veterans on May 27, 2017 – again held at the Pacific Aviation Museum in Pearl Harbor Hangar 79, 319 Lexington Boulevard, Honolulu, HI.



Date: May 25, 2017
Time: Festivities begin at 4:00 p.m.
Event: Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Banquet
Location: Pacific Aviation Museum in Pearl Harbor
Address: 319 Lexington Boulevard, Honolulu, HI
Cost: $25 each for veterans and their guest tickets, $125 for the general public, with sponsor tables available.
Get Directions
Website: Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration Banquet
Phone: 808.892.3345
Email: Jobeth Marihugh

Memorial Weekend ATV/UTV Rally, Hurley, WI
The Memorial Weekend ATV/UTV Rally will continue the 32-year tradition of Hurley’s kick off to the Summer Trail Riding Season! You are invited to participate in all of the pageantry that makes up this storied event. Thursday, May 25 kicks off the Poker Run in Iron County. Friday May 26, join the fun as we present Music, Vendors, and Mud all afternoon, and then stick around for the annual parade of machines from the Iron Horse Trail through downtown Hurley.


Saturday the fun continues with the Poker Run and riding over 200 miles of the BEST trails in Wisconsin. Join the fun on Sunday, May 28 and get down and dirty in the “Biggest, Baddest, Dirtiest of All” Mud Pit, sponsored by the Hurley Fire Department. Finish the weekend and poker run on Monday.



Date: May 25 through 28, 2017
Time: All days/all weekend (see schedule)
Event: Memorial Weekend ATV/UTV Rally
Location: Hurley, WI
Address:   316 Silver Street, Hurley, WI 54534
Get Directions
Phone: 715.561.4334

No matter where you go for this Memorial Day Holiday Weekend, we at Z’Scoop.com encourage you to remember why we are having this holiday. We observe this day in memorial appreciation to all of our fallen soldiers in obtaining, defending and protecting all of our liberties and our freedoms.

Keystone, SD
Chestertown, MD
Honolulu, HI
Hurley, WI

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