American Village hosts Memorial Day celebration

Historical interpreters march through the American Village during a past Memorial Day. (Contributed)

Historical interpreters march through the American Village during a past Memorial Day. (Contributed)

By GINNY COOPER / Staff Writer

MONTEVALLO—The American Village has an action packed day of events planned for May 26 in honor of Memorial Day.

The 14th annual celebration will host activities from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., with special performances such as a speech by Patrick Henry in the Colonial Chapel, special music by the Montevallo Community Choral, story time with George Washington as well as a reenactment of the awarding of the first Purple Heart and a wreath laying ceremony at the National Veterans Shrine Plaza.

Kids and adults can participate in colonial games such as hoops or trap ball on the Constitution Green and learn about crime and punishment in the 18th century in the Colonial Courthouse.

Memorial Day is a special day at the village as “all of America’s holidays are our holidays,” Melanie Poole, Marketing and Communications director for the American Village Citizenship Trust, said.

The American Village will also host A Salute to our Veterans, a program in the Liberty Hall hosted by news anchor Dave Baird.

“The entire day is free to everyone,” Poole said. “If you’ve always wanted to come and bring your family of eight, this is the day.”

A food truck will be on site during the day, with a variety of snacks and meals available for purchase.

Though the day is full of fun and games, the experience is meant to be educational for all who join in the events.

“We want people of all ages to remember the price of liberty and honor our veterans,” Poole said.