For many Sonoma County residents, Memorial Day signals the “official” start of summer. Residents enjoy the many recreational opportunities available in Sonoma County including boating on Lake Sonoma, hiking in Armstrong Woods and enjoying one of the many beautiful beaches. And of course, residents and tourists alike enjoy summertime wine tasting events across the region.
MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY
However, Memorial Day is a uniquely American holiday to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military. Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday of May with observances held throughout the country. Originally known as Decoration Day, the celebration originated after the Civil War with citizens gathering in local cemeteries, holding family picnics or participating in local parades.
OBSERVE MEMORIAL DAY IN SANTA ROSA
In Santa Rosa, you can enjoy a local observance on Monday, May 30 at the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery at 1600 Franklin Avenue. Honor the day with special guests and tours of veterans’ graves. Meet at the Franklin gate with tours departing at 12pm. Although admission is free, donations are appreciated.
Did you know? Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.
To learn more about the history of the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery click here.
Happy Memorial Day!