Memorial Day weekend in East Texas is packed with remembrance ceremonies, live music, fireworks, motorcycle rides, runs and workouts honoring fallen military men and women.
The Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home is inviting the public to attend a Memorial Day event, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, at 11466 Honor Lane.
The ceremony will honor those who gave their lives for our country while on active duty and include a presentation of the colors by staff members of the veterans home, bagpipe taps, remarks from retired Lt. Col. Jim Snow and a barbecue lunch.
Off-site parking with shuttles running to the home are available at Dairy Queen, 11927 U.S. Highway 271; Tyler Korean Church, 11858 Texas Highway 155; and the Bank of Winnsboro, Highway 155.
MEMORIAL MOTORCYCLE RIDE
The Wild Bunch Motorcycle Club will be hosting its annual Memorial Rides on Sunday and Monday.
Sunday's ride is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. and Monday's ride is slated to leave at 9 a.m. Rides are leaving from and returning to the Wild Bunch clubhouse, 1714 N. Palace Ave.
The Chandler Cemetery Association and the Chandler Historical Society are partnering to commemorate Memorial Day.
Brother Rick Gray, pastor of Faith Baptist Church, will deliver a message at the cemetery ceremony, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Monday at 721 Texas Highway 31 East.
Local Boy Scouts will lower the flags to half-staff in honor of all service men and women who are interned at the cemetery.
The Historical Society will host a coffee at the Chandler Museum and Visitor Center after the service.
A newly installed World War II display will be open in the Service Room and the depot will be opened to the public for the first time.
The Lindale Veterans Memorial Committee and the Lindale American Legion Post 15 are hosting a Memorial Day ceremony 11 a.m., Monday at the veterans memorial, located at the intersection of East Valley Street and North Commerce Street.
The Whitehouse Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting Freedom in the Park, a community Memorial Day celebration from 2 p.m. until dark on Saturday at Whitehouse City Park.
The event features a car show, children's activities, food, vendor booths, live music and fireworks.
The Winnsboro Memorial 5K and 10K race is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at East Elm Street and North Main Street.
Packet pickup begins at 7:30 a.m. and race day registration ends at 8:30 a.m.
The opening ceremony begins at 8:45 a.m. followed by the 10K at 9 a.m. and the 5K to follow at 9:15 a.m.
"MURPH" WORKOUT EVENTS
CrossFit gyms all over the country perform the "Murph" workout named after Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy, a United States Navy SEAL in remembrance of those who have died while serving in the United States armed forces.
Murphy was killed in action June 28, 2005, in Afghanistan.
"Murph" is scalable for any level of athlete. The workout entails participants to perform a 1-mile run followed by 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and another 1-mile run.
CrossFit Tyler is hosting the workout at 9 a.m. Saturday at 3515 Starr Road in Whitehouse.
CrossFit Chief is scheduled to run two heats from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., on Monday, 6391 Elkton Way in Tyler
Premier CrossFit is scheduled to host its "Murph" workout at 9 a.m. Monday, 1818 Capital Drive, in Tyler
Elevate Fitness in Chandler is scheduled to begin "Murph" at 9 a.m. Monday, 108 Dobbs St. The cost to participate is $5 for members of the gym and $10 for nonmembers.
Gym Fed CrossFit in Lindale is hosting the workout at 8:30 a.m. Monday, 18535 U.S. Highway 69 North.
CrossFit 154 in Gilmer is scheduled to run "Murph" from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Monday, 2501 Texas Highway 154.
CrossFit Kilgore is hosting the workout from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, 300 Harris St.