As the weather begins to get warmer and the days start to get longer, we start anticipating the upcoming Memorial Day weekend—the unofficial start of summer. The three-day weekend usually involves graduations, backyard barbecues, a few classic desserts, fun tunes, fireworks, and most importantly, time spent with family and friends. This year, Memorial Day has even more significance as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. While COVID-19 restrictions are slowly being lifted, many individuals continue to remain in place and will for some time. Residents are encouraged to enjoy this holiday weekend but please continue to be mindful of protocols that are helping to keep our community safe and healthy.
To that end, it is important to remember that this holiday is about so much more than the start of summer. First and foremost, it is observed to remember those who fought for our freedom—the heroes who gave their lives to protect the prosperity of our country.
We appreciate all those who have spent considerable time and effort to continue many Memorial Day traditions but with just a different safer COVID-19 approach. That different approach will bring additional traffic to many areas of the community. Please be aware of this in your neighborhood and those participating in this weekend’s events. We ask that you be extra aware and alert while driving on Mason roads.
The following events will likely been seen along Mason roadways:
- Senior graduation signs – signs have been placed along Mason Montgomery Road from US 42 to Tylersville Road. Please use caution in this area when driving as we anticipate slower/stopped traffic as those passing by search for student’s names they may recognize. Enjoy a drive along Mason Montgomery Road and check out all of Mason’s graduates.
- The Muslim community celebrates the end of Ramadan with Eid, a festival of lights. The Islamic Center of Mason invites the community to join in a car procession on the evening of Sunday, May 24 starting at 6:30pm. The Procession will begin at Islamic Center Mason at 999 Reading Road, drive north on 42 through downtown, turn south on Mason-Montgomery, and then head west on Tylersville Road. The Islamic Center is encouraging residents and businesses along the route to decorate with gold, silver, lights, and to contact the Center for a “Happy Eid” banner to place in their front yard.
- 100th Birthday Celebration for WWII veteran, Mr. Lloyd Thomas at West Mason Church of Christ located on Tylersville Road. Expect additional traffic in the area along Tylersville Road.
- Residents and businesses are encouraged to participate in the City’s Patriotic Spirit Contest by decorating their homes and storefronts with patriotic spirit and community pride throughout Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25. Mason Veterans and active military may be exploring your neighborhood taking pictures of decorated homes and storefronts.
On Monday, May 25 the American Legion Post 194 will lead a ceremony of remembrance as they honor and mourn the military personnel who have died while serving; bringing the true meaning of Memorial Day to the Mason community. The ceremony will be live streamed through the Legion’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MasonAmericanLegion/ or by searching The American Legion Post 194. The ceremony will take place on Monday, May 25 beginning at 12:00 p.m. and will include the raising of the American flag in honor of those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice.
We hope you’ll choose to pause and join the American Legion as they help us to remember our fallen heroes, and to remind your children and family members to do the same.
For questions or details related to Memorial Day activities please visit the City of Mason’s website at www.imaginemason.org or call 513.229.8500.