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Memorial Day is about remembering the men and women who have served our country.

Omaha has always been very good at providing a spirit of remembrance throughout its community on this day.

Businesses fly their flags at half-mast to show they appreciate the sacrifice of the ones who fight for our freedom.

Here's a list of things that you can do to honor our veterans and loved ones:

MONDAY CEREMONIES

Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, 2300 S. 78th St.; 9:30 a.m. in Section D. A few folding chairs will be provided, but you may want to bring a lawn chair.

St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery, 5226 S. 46th St.; 10 a.m. Mass with the Rev. Joseph Taphorn. Forest Lawn Cemetery, 56th Street north of Sorensen Parkway; 10 a.m. annual Memorial Day ceremony put on by American Legion Post 1. Speakers will be State Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton and Col. Doug Risk of Offutt Air Force Base. Boy Scouts at the cemetery gate will direct visitors to the ceremony location.

Lewis & Clark Landing , 515 N. Riverfront Drive; 10:30 a.m. observance and wreath-laying ceremony. Navy Capt. William J. Lear Jr. will be the keynote speaker. A wreath will be placed in the Missouri River to remember those who gave their lives for the nation.

Memorial Park, 56th Street and Underwood Avenue; 11 a.m. Memorial Day ceremony. Gov. Dave Heineman will speak. Heroes of the Heartland Foundation sponsors the event.

Heartland Airborne Memorial, Heartland of America Park, 800 Douglas St.; 1 p.m. ceremony with Army Col. Mike DeBolt as the keynote speaker. Heartland Airborne Memorial Association sponsors the event.

Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home, 12505 S. 40th St. in Bellevue (40th Street and Capehart Road); 2 p.m. program will honor residents who have died in the last year. Taps will be played. Offutt Brass Ensemble will perform.

Memorial Day Weekend Events

Loessfest 2014 will host a free concert featuring the Omaha Symphony and fireworks following.

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has fun-filled activities Memorial Day Weekend and is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All 10 locations of YMCA of Greater Omaha will host a free community day Monday in celebration of Memorial Day. Everyone is welcome. Each location will set its own hours and activities.

Get Out Doors

Omaha has many park locations where families can enjoy a Memorial Day outing, barbecue and outdoor activities. Some Omaha favorites include Memorial Park, Elmwood Park and Heartland of America.

Enjoy a walk over the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge or get a thrill on the big slides at Gene Leahy Mall in Downtown Omaha.

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Anna Backhaus is a working mother of three boys.

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