Memorial Day is the day we gather to remember and honor the women and men who gave their lives serving our country in all the branches of the military. Many of us celebrate by placing flags on military graves, attending parades, and enjoying picnics and barbecues. It is also a day we can explore the rich history of the Phoenix area.

On May 30, the Pioneers Cemetery Association and the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreations Department are presenting the 33rd Annual Memorial Day Observance at the historic Pioneer & Military Memorial Park. Families can enjoy food and beverages, take a tour of the Smurthwaite House or Military Memorial Park, both of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While you are there, enjoy presentations by a variety of Valley historical associations and learn about the ruins of a pre-Columbian Hohokam community that lie under much of central Phoenix.

Pioneer & Military Memorial Park is located at 13th Avenue and West Jefferson, near the Arizona State Capitol complex in Phoenix.  The area includes seven historic cemeteries that were in use between 1884 and 1914 including the Ancient Order of United Workmen, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Loosley or City Cemetery, and Masons, Porter and Rosedale

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Whatever your plans, we hope that you have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day. And, if your plans include games, picnics and other outdoor activities, be sure to check your clothes for grass stains and dirt when you get home. If you're not sure how best to remove the stains, bring them to DELIA'S Cleaners. We will make sure that they are clean and ready for your next adventure.