In honor of Memorial Day, there will be several public ceremonies Monday. All schools and government offices, including the city libraries, will be closed. City buses won't be running. Most banks and some other businesses, including the Juneau Empire, will also take the day off.
"Memorial Day is for remembering all the people who gave their lives so we wouldn't be picking cotton and having one meal a day if we were lucky," said Veterans of Foreign Wars Cmdr. Patrick Farrell.
The VFW will hold a Memorial Day ceremony starting at 11 a.m. in Evergreen Cemetery. The ceremony will open and close with a prayer, followed by brief speeches by Farrell and Rear Adm. Thomas Barrett. The Army National Guard will provide a color guard.
City personnel will be at Evergreen Cemetery from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday to assist the public. They will have the middle access road open, but advise drivers not to pull off the road and park because the ground is soft. The landscape department also discourages the use of artificial flowers. Any debris should be placed in trash receptacles at the cemetery or near the maintenance building on Seatter Street.
The Shrine of St. Therese also will hold public observances Monday. People can join in the praying of the Rosary on the new Good Shepherd Trail south of Shrine Creek. Meet in front of the lodge around 10:50 a.m. to start the Rosary prayer at 11 a.m. At noon, Bishop Michael Warfel will conduct a liturgy at the Shrine Columbarium. If the weather is bad, the liturgy will be held in the Shrine Chapel. Following the liturgy, the Catholic Daughters of America will serve a free lunch of spaghetti, bread and salad. This is a special service of ministry provided for over 25 years and the public is welcome.
Despite the holiday, the malls and grocery stores will remain open normal hours. Garbage services will also continue as usual.
The swimming pool is closed until June 2 for repairs.