Memorial Day celebrations and activities abound in the Waco area | Local News

There will be no shortage of things to do in Waco for Memorial Day weekend.

The three-day weekend will include several ceremonies honoring fallen veterans, and several Waco locations are offering free and discounted tickets to veterans and their families.

The Heart of Texas Chapter 1012 of the Vietnam Veterans of America will hold its annual Sunset Memorial Viewing from 6-7 p.m. Friday at the Waco Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 203 N. University Parks Drive.

The names of the 83 service members from McLennan County who were killed in Vietnam will be read and honored during the ceremony, and audience members can come forward to honor friends or family members who served in Vietnam.

On Monday, the Heart of Texas Young Marines will place flags at veterans’ headstones beginning at 6:30 a.m. at Rosemound Cemetery.

Community leaders held a Memorial Day ceremony scheduled for 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Monday at the Doris Miller Memorial, 300 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The Doris Miller Memorial Day commemoration program will begin with a presentation of the colors followed by the national anthem.

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Local fallen veterans will be honored at the event, and members of the public can also come out to honor family members killed in war. There will also be presentations on the Doris Miller Memorial, as well as the history of Memorial Day and Miller himself, a Navy messman who won the Navy Cross for his heroic actions at Pearl Harbor.

The McLennan County Veterans Association will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at Hewitt Park, 801 S. Hewitt Drive. Service organizations will display the flags of each branch of the military, and veterans who died in the past year will be honored.

In addition to the ceremonies, veterans will find special events and discounts across the city this weekend.

Irreverent Warriors, a nonprofit focused on combating veteran suicide, is hosting its Silkies Hike event on Saturday morning. Registration for the hike starts at 8:00 a.m. at Heritage Square and the hike will start around 9:00 a.m.

Participants will walk together on a route through downtown Waco and make several stops at local restaurants and establishments. The hike will end at 5th Street and Austin Ave around 5 p.m. The hike is based on the military backpack march and is designed to build community among veterans and allow them to relive the camaraderie of the military.

Tickets are sold on a pay-per-view basis. This event is open to veterans and active duty military only.

Veterans One Stop is hosting a Memorial Day BBQ for veterans and their families from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at 2010 LaSalle Ave. Veterans can hang out and enjoy free food with their families and other veterans in the Waco community.

Saturday through Monday, all active and retired veterans will enjoy free admission to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. Their families will also receive a $1 discount off the regular admission price. To qualify for free or reduced admission, veterans must have a valid military ID card.

Hawaiian Falls Waco is operating under its normal summer hours beginning Friday. The park kicks off the season with free admission for active and retired veterans and a 20% discount for family members on Monday. Veterans must present a valid military ID for free entry.

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