Memorial Day is Monday. These North Texas cities will hold ceremonies this weekend

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Memorial Day is Monday and there are several cities in North Texas holding events to honor members of the armed forces who died in military service.

A “Memorial Order” was signed in May 1868 designating the day to remember military members who died during the Civil War. The first celebration of the holiday took place later that month on the 30th at Arlington National Cemetery where both Confederate and Union soldiers were buried, according to the Library of Congress.

The day was originally known as “Decoration Day”, a nod to the decorating of soldiers’ graves, and was later changed to “Memorial Day” at the conclusion of World War I. Ceremonies take place across the country to honor deceased military service members and a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time.

Here are some events happening in North Texas this weekend.

Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony

  • Where: 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas

  • When: May 30, 11 a.m.

A Memorial Day ceremony at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery will be held Monday at 11 a.m. According to cemetery staff, visitors should park at 6777 W Kiest Blvd. in Dallas. A bus service will transport people from the parking lot to the cemetery and will run between 8-10:30 a.m. A return service will start after the approximately 50-minute ceremony is over.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Bottled water will be provided.

Memorial Day Service at Mount Olivet Cemetery

  • Where: 2301 N Sylvania Ave, Fort Worth

  • When: May 30, 10 a.m.

The 93rd annual Memorial Day ceremony at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Fort Worth will be held on Monday. The hour-long event will feature a flyover by the 301st Fighter Wing and presentations by Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker. A keynote address will be given by Capt. Mark McLean, Commanding Officer of the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth.

If it rains Monday, the service will be held in the funeral home.

Grand Prairie Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

  • Where: Veterans Memorial, 925 Conover Dr., Grand Prairie

  • When: May 30, 10 a.m.

This annual Memorial Day event will be hosted in-person with a livestream option available at the Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Facebook page. Gathering for this ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m.

Honor a Veteran with a Memorial Brick

Saginaw residents can purchase a red brick paver engraved with an armed services veteran’s name of their choice for $25. The engraved bricks are part of the Veteran’s Memorial Park, also known as Kiwanis Park, located at 400 S Saginaw Blvd. in Saginaw. Veterans Memorial Park honors veterans who served in the military and is located by the Saginaw Fire Department.

Each paver is 4 inches by 8 inches and allows for three lines of text with 13 spaces per line. For more information and to purchase a brick, call the Saginaw Recreation Center at 817-230-0350.

Granbury Memorial Day weekend

  • When: May 27-30

  • Where: Historic Granbury Merchants Association, 201 E Pearl St.

This free weekend event will include a daily honoring of service members and Memorial Day ceremonies. Granbury’s Field of Flags will be on display throughout the weekend.

The “Honoring of Hometown Heroes” event will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Field of Flags. There will be several military service and non-profit group booths open during the event.

A drive-in lawn movie Sunday at 9 p.m. will feature “Black Hawk Down,” a 2001 film depicting the Battle of Mogadishu. Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to watch the show.

Visitors are encouraged to visit “Granbury Memorial Lane” on Monday for a salute to those fallen service members. The ceremony will be from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

During the weekend events, there will be food trucks, street vendors, kids activities and a patriotic pooch pageant as well.

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