Since this country was founded, America’s military forces have worked to protect her people and way of life. Memorial Day is an opportunity to show respect and appreciation for their sacrifices and to celebrate the things that make America great.

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California Automobile Museum (Credit, Valerie Heimerich)

Vettes For Vets
California Automobile Museum
2200 Front St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 442-6802

Date: May 26, 2013

This free event highlights two American icons, our hard-working military personnel and the right to pursue happiness in the form of sleek, high-performance sports cars. Guests will enjoy music, raffle prizes, food and, of course, classic Corvettes. The annual show includes the chance to view the exciting, historical and playful vehicles in the museum, from a high-wheel bicycle from 1885 to Malcolm Forbes’ Lamborghini Countach.

Sacramento Music Festival
Old Sacramento
106 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 444-2004
www.sacmusicfest.comDate: May 24-27, 2013This four-day event celebrates the many genres of music that have kept Americans moving and grooving throughout the years. Live rock, bluegrass, ragtime, blues and jazz will be available at numerous venues in and around Old Sacramento. Performers of all ages will entertain fans of music including zydeco, big band, mariachi, street beat, marching band and more. Local and national musical stars will be featured throughout the festival, which kicks off Friday evening and runs through Memorial Day. With a parade, food, dancing, shopping and an authentic riverboat, the festival is a true celebration of the American way.

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Sacramento County Fair
Cal Expo
1600 Exposition Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-2975
www.sacfair.comDates: May 23-27, 2013A county fair is included in Normal Rockwell’s iconic reflections of American life, and Sacramentens will celebrate their own version on Memorial Day weekend. Classic activities involve livestock, crafts, sewing and art, as well as contests to crown the top corndog eaters, macaroni artists, goat milkers and potato-mobile racers. From quilting, rodeo and photography to carnival rides, shopping and blue ribbon strawberry jam, the fair is a wonderful reflection of Americana. On Memorial Day, the fair will include special events to honor U.S. military personnel.

WWll memorial for California veterans at Capitol Park (Credit, Valerie Heimerich)

Wounded Veteran Run
Folsom Parkway Trails
25005 Blue Ravine Road
Folsom, CA 95630

Date: May 27, 2013

The Wounded Veteran Run is not just a fun family event; it is also a nonprofit group honoring soldiers injured in combat. There will be three levels of fun runs and walks for children and adults. Registration can be done on the organization’s website. Vendors and booths representing military and community organizations will be on hand, and kids can enjoy face painting and cavorting in a bounce house. All proceeds benefit Wounded Warrior Project and Fallen Warriors Memorial Organization.



A Day On The Farm with Soil Born Farms
American River Ranch
2140 Chase Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
(916) 363-9685
www.soilborn.orgDate: May 19, 2013

Agriculture has long been the backbone of America, and this local nonprofit helps children and adults reconnect, quite literally, to those roots. Spend a day on the farm enjoying fresh organic produce, shopping, cooking classes, workshops and fun garden-related activities for all ages. The event is a fitting tribute to the servicemen and women who protect the very land on which we stand, and a good way to help Soil Born farms build a sustainable path to the health and vitality of our citizens.

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Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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