Memorial Day marks the start of summer.  Pools open, hot dogs and hamburgers are on the menu and it is a time for friends and family to come together to celebrate.  Memorial Day means school is almost out for the year and summer vacation begins.  But for many, Memorial Day means so much more than BBQ’s and pool parties.  Often this day is not observed as it should be.  I wonder how many of us actually take the time to reflect on this holiday to remember our family members (past and present), neighbors and friends who have sacrificed their lives to protect us. Let's remember the widows, widowers, the children who lost a parent, the sisters and brothers and the disabled veterans.

Memorial Day is also a day to reflect on our Flag and what it stands for.  So as you gather with your family and friends to celebrate, take a moment to honor our veterans and gaze a second longer at the Red White and Blue.  Have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!! 


You're a grand old flag, 

You're a high flying flag

And forever in peace may you wave.

You're the emblem of 

The land I love.

The home of the free and the brave.

Ev'ry heart beats true

'neath the Red, White and Blue,

Where there's never a boast of brag.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, 

Keep your eye on the grand old flag. 




Rockville is hosting its annual Hometown Holidays.



Hometown Holidays is Rockville, Maryland’s annual street festival celebrating Memorial Day. The three-day event features dozens of entertainers performing on seven stages, children's rides, teen activities, VisArts Fine Arts Festival, an environmental expo, the Taste of Rockville, the Annual Ride for Rockville Bicycle Tour, and the Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade. 

This year's Memorial Day ceremony includes music by the Rockville Concert Band and Chorus, a wreath laying led by American Legion Post 86, and 21-gun salute and presentation of colors by American Legion Post 86 Color Guard. The Memorial Day Parade includes drill teams, marching bands, community groups, and more. 

Dates: May 25 - 27, 2013


Hometown Holidays is located in Rockville Town Center and is walking distance from the Rockville Metro Station.