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Memorial Day weekend events

Sat., May 24, 2014, midnight


Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory – Saturday through Monday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. “Remembering a Giant of American Industry: Henry Ford” will include musical entertainment celebrating the Jazz Age each day at noon and 2 p.m. in the Heritage Chapel; pictures and automobile memorabilia, veterans display, aerospace display, antique and classic car display featuring Ford’s finest, Tree of Remembrance and refreshments in the Heritage reception room. A rousing free family brass band concert at the Cross of Inspiration at Greenwood Memorial Terrace will take place Sunday at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair. 508 N. Government Way, Spokane. Free. (509) 838-8900.

American Heroes Weekend – Saturday through Monday, all military personnel, veterans, police officers and firefighters (identification required) receive free admission to Silverwood Theme Park and their immediate family members are half-price general admission when purchasing tickets at Silverwood’s front gate. Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Monday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Silverwood Theme Park, 27843 N. Highway 95, Athol. $18.99 each for spouse and children ages 8-64, $10.49 for seniors and children ages 3-7, tax not included. (208) 683-3400.


Civil War Marine George Murphy Rededication Ceremony – Conducted by the Melvin M. Smith Detachment, Marine Corps League. This ceremony is being held to rededicate the gravesite of George Murphy, who served from 1862 to 1866. After his death, he was nominated for the Medal of Honor, which is awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. His current tombstone will be replaced by a Civil War-era monument, generously donated by Ron Bohman of Genesis Granite. Held from 2-3 p.m., Fairmount Memorial Park, Iwo Jima Memorial, 5200 W. Wellesley Ave. (509) 979-7688.


Liberty Lake Community Memorial Day Salute and Breakfast – Presented by Liberty Lake Centennial Rotary Club. Funds raised at this event will support Honor Flight. Breakfast served 8-10 a.m. with all-you-can-eat pancakes, ham, eggs and coffee. Veterans eat free. Then, at 9 a.m. there will be a dedication ceremony for the Fallen Heroes Circuit Course in memory of U.S. Air Force Capt. Victoria “Tory” Pinckney, who was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base and was killed along with two other airmen when their refueling plane went down over Kyrgyzstan in May 2013. Dress is semi-casual. Monday, Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Road, Liberty Lake. Donation for breakfast. (509) 251-0360.

Memorial Day Ceremony – The community is invited to attend the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs’ Memorial Day Ceremony at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Project Joy Orchestra will provide a musical tribute beginning at 10:30 a.m. Parking is available at the cemetery with overflow available along Ritchey Road. Please arrive early as parking near the event area is limited. For additional information please contact the office at (509) 299-6280 or or visit our website at and click on the cemetery link. 21702 W. Espanola Road, Medical Lake.

Vernon Baker Memorial Day Lunch for Veterans Sixth-annual event providing free meals for only active duty and prior military service members. Proof of military service required. Participating restaurants are Capone’s Pub & Grill at their Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Hayden locations from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Michael D’s Eatery, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Fedora Pub and Grille, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. RSVP by phone. (208) 772-1933.

Memorial Day Service – Presented by the Medical Lake Cemetery Association. This historic cemetery has 61 veterans, many from the Civil War. Please note that this cemetery is not related to the Washington State Veterans Cemetery on Espanola Road. 9:30 a.m., Medical Lake Cemetery, 21419 W. Thorpe Road, Medical Lake. (509) 299-5269.

Spokane Memorial Gardens – Conducted by Greater Spokane Elks #228. Featured speaker from the Washington National Guard. 10 a.m., Spokane Memorial Gardens, 5909 S. Cheney-Spokane Road. (509) 448-2620.

Hayden Memorial Day Ceremonies – A 10 a.m. laying of a wreath and tolling of the boats ceremony at Honeysuckle Beach to honor those lost at sea, including a rifle salute, prayer and taps. The main ceremony at 11 a.m. includes a presentation of colors, bagpipe music, the national anthem sung by Dave Sheldon, rifle salute, taps, address by Staff Sgt. Ryan Rogers and retiring of the colors. 10 a.m., Hayden City Hall, 8930 Government Way, Hayden. (208) 209-1080.

Memorial Ceremony – North Spokane – Conducted by The Melvin M. Smith Detachment, Marine Corps League. This ceremony is being held as a time for family and friends to pause on this special day to remember the deceased veterans from all branches of our Armed Forces. Guest speaker will be Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, speaking to the importance of Memorial Day. You are encouraged to bring a flower or a U.S. flag to show your patriotism. 11 a.m.-noon, Fairmount Memorial Park, Iwo Jima Memorial, 5200 W. Wellesley Ave. (509) 979-7688.


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