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Whether you still call it Dec­o­ra­tion Day or you know it as Me­mo­rial Day, the fed­eral hol­i­day will be ob­served on Mon­day, May 28.

Me­mo­rial Day car­ries more sig­nif­i­cance than just a day off from work or be­ing con­sid­ered the un­of­fi­cial start of sum­mer. It’s a day to re­mem­ber those who gave all for their coun­try.

Me­mo­rial Day is the day set aside to pay trib­ute to per­son­nel who died while serv­ing in the mil­i­tary. It’s not to be con­fused with Veter­ans Day, the fed­eral hol­i­day in Novem­ber that hon­ors all per­son­nel who have served in the mil­i­tary.

Fol­low­ing are me­mo­rial ser­vices, spe­cial movie screen­ings, fire­work salutes and Na­tional Park Ser­vice pro­grams tak­ing place around the re­gion in honor of the day.


More than 2,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, troop lead­ers and par­ents will come to­gether on Satur­day, May 26, to place U.S. flags on graves in Chat­tanooga Na­tional Ceme­tery.

Be­fore Scouts spread out to place flags, they will gather for a cer­e­mony at 8 a.m. at the Armed Forces Pav­il­ion. The Choo-Choo Cho­rus will sing the na­tional an­them to open the cer­e­mony, and the Chat­tanooga Area Veter­ans Coun­cil Color Guard will close it with a 21-gun salute.


The Na­tional Ceme­tery Ad­min­is­tra­tion is host­ing Me­mo­rial Day cer­e­monies at na­tional ceme­ter­ies across the coun­try, and the Chat­tanooga Na­tional Ceme­tery is among them.

A Me­mo­rial Day ser­vice will be held at Chat­tanooga Na­tional Ceme­tery, 1200 Bai­ley Ave., on Mon­day at 2 p.m. ›

The East Ridge Me­mo­rial Day cer­e­mony will be held at Pi­o­neer Fron­tier Park be­side East Ridge City Hall on Mon­day at 1 p.m.

Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 95 in East Ridge or­ga­nizes this event in part­ner­ship with city per­son­nel and Crest­wood Gar­den Club. Cmdr. Larry Palmer will em­cee.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, the Lester Nor­ton Award for Pa­tri­o­tism will be pre­sented to an East Ridge cit­i­zen for dis­play­ing pa­tri­o­tism.


› What: “We, The Marines” › Where: Ten­nessee Aquar­ium Imax 3D Theatre, 201 Ch­est­nut St. ›

When: 2 and 5 p. m. Fri­day- Mon­day, May 25-28 ›

Ad­mis­sion: $ 11.95 adults, $9.95 chil­dren; Aquar­ium/ Imax combo tick­ets $ 37.95 adults, $26.95 chil­dren ›

For more in­for­ma­tion: www.

Just for Me­mo­rial Day week­end, the new Imax film “We, The Marines” will be shown twice daily from Fri­day through Mon­day.

The movie takes view­ers on an ac­tion- packed ad­ven­ture into the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­com­ing and serv­ing as a mem­ber of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Nar­rated by Gene Hack­man, Academy Award-win­ning ac­tor and former Marine, the film uses the gi­ant screen to honor the ded­i­ca­tion, ser­vice and first­hand ex­pe­ri­ences of Marines.

“This film needed to have a doc­u­men­tary- news­reel kind of im­me­di­acy, an un­staged, un­pol­ished, raw ap­proach — like the Marines them­selves,” says the film’s di­rec­tor, Greg MacGil­livray.

“The re­sult is less a set-up Hollywood-style film with care­fully laid­out and re­hearsed shots and more a spon­ta­neous, im­me­di­ate, or­ganic film that comes from real-life ex­pe­ri­ence,” he de­scribes.

Au­di­ences will see gru­el­ing feats of strength and en­durance in boot camp that pre­pare Marines for the stresses of life on the front lines. They’ll wit­ness moun­tain train­ing, para­chute jump­ing, rap­pelling from he­li­copters and how K-9 units train side by side with Marines.


The United States Marine Corps War Me­mo­rial in Ar­ling­ton County, Vir­ginia, was in­spired by the 1945 pho­to­graph of six Marines rais­ing the U.S. flag on Mount Surib­achi dur­ing the Bat­tle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

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