Memorial Day is our day to honor those who died while in military service.  On Memorial Day, many gather with family to have a BBQ or spend time with friends. A tribute to our fallen service men and women, is to honor them by attending Memorial Day events. A fantastic way to pass along the respect for our military is get our children involved with Memorial Day events and activities to assist Veterans. Here are some wonderful FREE Memorial Day events in Austin for the whole family.

Central Austin

Saturday, May 27, showtimes at 11:00am and 2:00pm

Texas Military Force Museum; Vietnam War Living History Program

3038 W. 35th Street

Close Assault 1968 : Saturday May 27 and Sunday May 28

Our Close Assault program this spring will honor our nation’s Vietnam Veterans… many of whom joined the Guard after their regular Army service.

Remember the true meaning of Memorial Day with this back at the Vietnam War. Close Assault 1968 honors the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans. The free program features members of the Texas Military Forces Living History Detachment exhibiting the uniform and equipment worn by the American soldiers. In addition, the two-day event will provide guests the opportunity to witness firing demonstrations and watch an assault on a bunker with an M113.

The event will take place RAIN or SHINE. Bleacher seating is available. Showtimes are at 11 am and 2 pm on Saturday and 1:30 pm on Sunday. The program runs for about 1.5 hours. The museum will be open 10-4 each day. Both the program and admission to the museum are FREE.

North Austin

Monday, May 29th at 10:00 am

Yonders Point, 3103 Aten Loop, Round Rock

The Round Rock Veteran’s Coalition and City of Round Rock invite the entire community to honor and remember those who sacrificed all for our country at a Memorial Day Ceremony taking place at the new Yonders Point Plaza.

Yonders Point is located on the north side of Old Settlers Park at 3101 Aten Loop.

The Memorial Day Ceremony will begin at 10:00am. The ceremony will include Major General Retired Patrick Hamilton of the U.S. Army as our guest speaker, the City of Round Rock Police Department Honor Guard and Fire Department’s Pipe and Drums. Our Nation’s Colors will be displayed by the Stony Point Highschool’s JR ROTC, while vocal artist Michaela Watson sings our National Anthem and Combat Veteran Corpsman Shannon Book singing God Bless America. Stony Point JR ROTC will also provide a TAPS Bugler and a live 21 Gun Salute to honor all those who have paid the ultimate price for our Nation. Immediately following the ceremony please join us for light refreshments.

South Austin

Monday, May 29th at 10:00 am

Hays County Veterans Memorial, 101-103 Riverside Dr, San Marcos

The annual Memorial Day Ceremony will take place on Monday, May 29, 2023 at 10am at the Hays County Veterans Memorial.

Veterans and community members will recite the names of all Hays County Veterans who were Killed in Action since WWI. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the dedication of the Hays County Veterans Memorial. Local Veteran organizations, the San Marcos High School Air Force ROTC, and the Aquarena Symphonic Band will be participating in the ceremony.

Limited parking is available on Riverside Drive and Peace Avenue. Additional parking is available at the San Marcos Activity Center. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the San Marcos Activity Center.

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East Austin

Monday, May 29th at 10:00 am

Texas State Cemetery, 909 Navasota Street, Austin

Veterans organizations are encouraged to attend and bring their post colors and wreaths by 9:30 a.m. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and Killeen Mayor Debbie Nash-King will give the welcome address. Wreaths will be laid at 10:45 a.m. followed by a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps.

West Austin 

Monday, May 29th at 11:00 am

Lake Travis Performing Arts Center, 3324 Ranch Road 620 South, Lakeway


Featured Image Credit :: Noelle Westcott Photography


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