You may have already begun celebrating the Memorial Day holiday in Gettysburg with the many happenings that took place this past Friday and Saturday. Now, as we look toward tomorrow, we can expect even more activities and events in the mix.
Memorial Day deals at the Gettysburg Village Outlets, and the Military Timeline events will continue to carry on through tomorrow, and an additional host of opportunities are unfolding come Memorial Day Monday. One of the primary highlights to the town-wide Memorial Day celebration is the 148th Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies. Starting at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 25, the Memorial Day parade procession will take off from Lefever Street and turn onto Legion Alley, then detouring south onto South Stratton Street. From there, the parade will head to West High Street and then Baltimore Street, heading south to the Soldier’s National Cemetery. Once onsite at the Cemetery, the Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. at the Rostrum.
This event is made possible by the Gettysburg Joint Veterans Memorial Day Commission, which consists of veterans’ organizations in Gettysburg: Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War – Gettysburg Camp #112; American Legion Post #202; Marine Corps League Detachment #705, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #15. This parade is a free, public event and tradition in the community, open for residents and visitors alike. For additional information, call 717-334-6274.
The Lincoln Train Museum on Steinwehr Avenue will also be a great source of memorable Memorial Day celebrations. Nonstop happenings on the scene include family-friendly entertainment, book signings, and so much more. From noon to 2 p.m. you can join in an authors’ book signing and Civil War social with Juliana Love and Friends of Summer Ray. Multi-award-winning authors James Rada, Jr. and Richard D.L. Fulton will also be on the scene to meet, greet, and autograph copies of their acclaimed book The Last to Fall, The 1922 March, Battles, & Deaths of the U.S. Marines at Gettysburg. The gentlemen will be onsite from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Taking the scene by storm will be the “Hats Off To America” concert, featuring GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Ray Owen. Following the Boy Scout Troop #71 flag rising at noon, Ray Owen will take the lead at 12:30 p.m. performing songs and music before the Memorial Day Parade as well as following the parade at 4 p.m. You will not want to miss any of the happenings taking place here. The Lincoln Train Museum is located at 425 Steinwehr Avenue. For more information, call 717-334-5678 or visit www.lincolntrain.com.
On a closing note, many people count Memorial Day as the official start to summer. At Hauser Estate Winery the feeling is mutual, and to kickoff summer, DJ Breeze Mon is throwing a Beach Party “on the hill.” Come on out between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. for nonstop entertainment and beach time fun. Food will be available onsite to be purchased by Fabio Carella Catering. You don’t have to head for the coast to experience the beach—you can stay right in your own community. Hauser Estate Winery is located at 410 Cashtown Road, Biglerville. For more information, call 717-334-4888 or visit www.hauserestate.com.
However you choose to make memories this holiday, remember Memorial Day fun can be found right in your own hometown.