Memorial Day weekend is a chance for us to slow down and take time to honor the fallen heroes who've served to protect our freedom. Whether you prefer to pay tribute by decorating a loved one's grave site, by visiting one of the many Rhode Island war memorials, or heading to a parade to commemorate the holiday, Rhode Island has so much to offer. Below are just a few ideas of how to show respect for the true meaning of this holiday.

Memorial Park, Providence
Memorial Park

Memorial Park, a beautiful sculpture-filled park, pays homage to people who gave their lives during wars and conflicts around the world. Located in downtown Providence, Memorial Park has several statues and plaques celebrating those who fought in the Korean War, World War I and World War II. The bronze statue of the Korean War depicts a kneeling soldier fighting off the rain and cold. The World War I Memorial, designed by architect Paul Cret in 1929, stands an impressive 150 feet high. The World War II Memorial, dedicated in 2007, is not only composed of two walls of veterans' names, but also commemorates how many people from each town in Rhode Island were sent to war.

Lincoln Memorial Day Parade & Food Truck Celebration
May 27
Food Trucks

The Lincoln Memorial Day Parade is an opportunity for the community to remember those who were lost serving our country. The parade starts off at Smithfield Avenue and proceeds along Higginson Avenue, Walker Street, Chapel Street and ends on Great Road. After the parade, the celebration continues at Chase Farm with a Post-Parade Food Truck Celebration.

Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial
May 24–28
Boots on the Ground

Operation Stand Down RI's Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial, located previous years in Roger Williams Park, will take place at historic Fort Adams Park in Newport this year. A pair of boots adorned with American flags and name placards will be placed in the park to memorialize each service member killed in action after 9/11. The event is free, family-friendly and open to the public.

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