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Best Bets: A weekend of patriotism

Published 8:02am Friday, May 24, 2013

For those of us who have not fled the area for Memorial Day camping and fishing trips, it’s time to show some patriotism. That should be easy enough to do this weekend.

1. Memorial Day dinner

For those who got up bright and early and took on the task of organizing and participating in Austin’s Memorial Day services, sit down and enjoy a hot meal. Breakfast for all Memorial Day participants in Austin will be at 7 a.m. Monday at the American Legion Post 91, 809 12th St. SW.

2. Memorial Day in Lyle

Not from Austin but still patriotic? Lyle has got everybody covered. Six Mile Grove Lutheran Church near Lyle has a Memorial Day Dinner set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. Plates are $8 for adults, $4 for children and free for ages 4 and younger.

Eat, honor and enjoy freedom. Six Mile Grove is located at 58251 105th St. near Lyle.

3. Patriotic parade

Sure, it’s still bright and early, but back in Austin, all rise for the Memorial Day parade, 8:45 a.m. The parade travels Fourth Avenue Northeast, south onto Main Street and East on Second Avenue Northeast before a military service at Oakwood Cemetery, followed by many other area and small-town cemeteries. Go to our website,, or check the Herald print edition on Sunday for a complete schedule.

4. Veterans on bikes

Make sure to peek outside on Tuesday, when a group of Vietnam veterans rolls through Austin from 10 to 11 a.m. From Austin, the riders will head to Spring Valley. The Ride for Healing is a fundraiser for The Education Center at the Wall, an underground museum by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C., and also a chance for locals to donate historical items for the Education Center.

5. Singing the end of school

Memorial Day also marks another time of the year: the end of the school year. But before school ends, check out Pacelli Elementary School’s end-of-the-year concerts on Thursday. All concerts will be at St. Augustine’s Church, 405 Fourth St. NW. Kindergarten through second grade perform at 6 p.m., grades 3 through 5 and Clover Choir at 7 p.m.

—Look to Reporter Matt Peterson’s column every Friday for more about upcoming events in Austin. For even more, check out the calendar on the homepage.

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