There is no shortage of events and festivals in and around Atlanta, Georgia on Memorial Day and throughout the Memorial Day weekend.
Thousands of Atlanta and suburban Atlanta residents will flock to nearby Lake Alatoona and Lake Lanier. Both lakes are popular for boating, fishing, and other water sports. Campsites, boat docks, and beaches will be full at both lakes as families appreciate and celebrate the freedoms won and protected by the lives of fallen soldiers and the brave men and women who continue to stand guard today, in the U.S and throughout the world.
It’s easy to get caught up in the fun without stopping to remember the sacrifices that ensure our freedom to enjoy ourselves as we please on Memorial Day and every day. My family takes part in both solemn and fun events during the Memorial Day weekend, honoring our soldiers in remembrance ceremonies and honoring their sacrifice by enjoying our freedoms.
On Thursday, May 22, a tribute to fallen soldiers will be held at Mount Paran Church of God, Atlanta, Georgia. Governor Purdue has established a Memorial Day Ceremony to honor the servicemen and women who have fallen in the line of duty. The ceremony is open to the public and will begin at 11 a.m.
My family will attend the ceremony, as we feel it is not only important to honor those who fight for our freedoms, but to use this as a teaching opportunity with our children. It is important that they learn that freedom does not come free. Life is a precious price to pay for the freedoms we value so dearly. In learning this lesson, we hope to help our kids understand the importance of not willfully giving up those rights and empowering the government more than the people.
On Sunday, May 25, Community Fellowship Church, in Douglasville, GA will also have a memorial service as a part of their regular Sunday services at 11 a.m. This is always a touching time to remember our soldiers, past and present, alive and deceased. It also offers us the opportunity to participate in corporate prayer for our nation, our leaders, and our soldiers.
Sunday evening we will go to Stone Mountain to enjoy the laser show. On the lawn of the large granite mountain that is a gathering place for fun and celebration. Like thousands of others, we’ll load up blankets and coolers and stop by KFC for a big bucket of fried chicken.
Stone Mountain is always a popular Memorial Day venue, but this year’s laser show and fireworks presentation will be complemented by a preshow concert by Lee Greenwood. Military bands will also perform in Stone Mountain’s Salute to the Troops Memorial weekend.
Once it gets dark, kids and adults will flash glow necklaces and red, white, and blue spinners. The atmosphere is always one of excitement and patriotism. It is one of the largest gatherings during the Memorial Day weekend and there is among the air of excitement a sense of unity, pride in America, and appreciation for our soldiers.
It is an amazing experience. We look forward to going to Stone Mountain every Memorial Day weekend. This is the first time we’ve gone on Sunday. We prefer Friday or Saturday, but hearing Lee Greenwood sing “God Bless the U.S.A.” makes it worth the trip on Sunday.
Monday, we kick it back and relax. Sometimes there is a BBQ with friends. Always…always there is time for fishing.
Lake Lanier and Lake Altoona are two popular fishing and camping spots each about 45 minutes outside of Atlanta. Lake Lanier is a straight shot up I85. Lake Altoona is a straight shot up I75. Both have plenty of boat ramps and great fishing spots from land.
My preference is Lake Altoona, but the water is still down from last year’s severe draught.
Last year we started a new family tradition at a friend’s private lake. Our extended family got together for a picnic and fishing. It was a lot of fun to have the cousins, aunts, uncles, grandma, and grandpa together.
We didn’t catch many fish, but we had a great day. If I have my way, that’s what we’ll do again this year.