Spend part of Memorial Day saluting the fallen
Of the three national holidays between May and September that mark the unofficial start of summer, the summer’s midpoint and the unofficial end of summer, Memorial Day is the one that Park City only modestly commemorates.
It is shoulder season in Park City on the last Monday of May, the population has dwindled from the ski season and winter sometimes makes a late appearance for the holiday weekend. Park City instead celebrates later with a classic small-town 4th of July and then, on Labor Day in September, with the locally flavored Miners Day festivities.
But Parkites should take time on Monday to mark Memorial Day, the solemnest day on the American calendar. It is the day that the United States honors its war dead and the sacrifices they made on the battlefield over the generations. While the 4th of July involves picnics and fireworks, Memorial Day brings people to cemeteries for moments of reflection and time-honored salutes.
Although many see Memorial Day as a day off of work or school, a three-day weekend to usher in warmer temperatures, there will be others recalling the fallen.
Park City will hold its annual Memorial Day on Monday at the Park City Cemetery on Kearns Boulevard. The Park City post of the American Legion organizes the ceremony each year. The cemetery will be decorated with small American flags and there are typically more graves with flowers on Memorial Day than at other times of the year.
The ceremony, starting at 9 a.m., will likely remind the people gathered at the cemetery the American military remains in conflict in locations scattered across the globe. Speakers could also offer words about the difficult topic of military suicides and the years of suffering some soldiers endure after combat. The keynote speaker is scheduled to be a figure familiar to people who live in Summit County — Tom Fisher, who is the county manager and a veteran of the war in Iraq.
Another post of the American Legion in Summit County will spend Memorial Day visiting cemeteries in the county. A noon ceremony at the cemetery in Coalville is planned.
The ceremonies offer a fitting way to begin the summer. The grill can wait a few hours.
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It’s Sunday morning, and I am a bit sore but, once again, smiling having completed another Triple Trail Challenge capstone race yesterday, the Mid Mountain Marathon. With all of the other wonderful summer activities here in Park City, it’s easy to overlook the effort of over 300 runners, and more importantly, how integral the Mountain Trails Foundation is to the essence of Park City.