commercial real estateAt Menlo Commercial Real Estate, we look at Memorial Day as more than just a day for picnics and time off from work. For us, Memorial Day is a day to honor those who have given their service to our country and sacrificed their lives to protect the interests of our nation.

While we love a good barbeque and appreciate a day to spend with friends and family, we also believe it is important to commemorate Memorial Day by attending events to remember those who have served our country.

The following is a sampling of Memorial Day happenings around the Valley:

Sunset Memorial Day Service: 7-8 p.m. May 28. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the outdoor amphitheater for a program featuring “taps,” a POW/MIA table ceremony and a candle-lighting remembrance.  Hosted by the City of Avondale, in partnership with the American Legion Crandall Palmer Post 61, VFW Pat Tillman Memorial Post 40, Scottish American Military Society, and the Blue Star Moms of the Southwest Valley. Avondale Civic Center, 11465 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale. This is a free event. 623-333-2400. www.ci.avondale.az.us.

Memorial Day Service: 9 a.m. May 28. This yearly event recognizes fallen heroes with a traditional ceremony. The service includes a posting of the colors, a wreath presentation, rifle salute and taps. Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery, 10940 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler. Free. 480-895-9232. http://www.valleyofthesuncemetery.com/.

Memorial Day Program: 10 a.m. May 28. The annual program pays tribute to all who have passed on and served in our military. An inspiring message, music and the laying of the wreath at the Veterans Columbarium will conclude with the release of white doves. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available after the program. The Red Cross Bloodmobile is on-site from 1 to 6 p.m. for anyone who wants to donate blood in honor of a loved one. Call 480-830-4422 or visit redcrossblood.org and register using sponsor code: dignity. Mariposa Gardens Memorial Park and Funeral Care, 6747 E. Broadway Road, Mesa. 480-830-4422.

We hope these events inspire you to honor our veterans this Memorial Day. From all of us at Menlo Group Commercial Real Estate, we wish you a safe and momentous holiday.