While in contemporary times, Memorial Day weekend is symbolic as the holiday ushering in summer in America, it’s also a time to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
America’s Memorial Day, a federal holiday, honors soldiers and is a day for remembering those who died while in military service. It began as a day to honor American Civil War soldiers of the Union and Confederacy.
A special program in honor of the soldiers who served during World War II is taking place at Amelia Island’s Fort Clinch, a Florida State Park in Fernandina Beach during Memorial Day holiday weekend. The event hours are Saturday, May 28, 2011 from 9 am to 5 pm & Sunday, May 29, 2011 from 9 am to 2 pm.
Walk over the drawbridge and through the tunnel to the Fort Clinch parade grounds to view military displays and memorabilia. Learn about the uniforms, weapons, vehicles and lifestyle of those men and women who were part of World War II during the 1940s. Visitors can also spend time at the beach within Fort Clinch, a great place to be Memorial Day weekend when people can honor what this holiday was intended for and at the same time also enjoy the beach. Some of the most beautiful and natural Atlantic ocean shoreline on Amelia Island is located within the state park, offering restrooms, picnic tables and wooden dune walkovers to the beachfront, plus a half-mile-long fishing pier.
As always, admission to Fort Clinch State Park is $6.00 at the entry ranger station (per vehicle with up to 8 passengers), plus $2.00 per person to enter the fort grounds itself (children under 6 are free). For additional information, contact the Florida State Park at (904) 277-7274.