City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation Department

2023 Memorial Day

4909 University Ave - Glendale Cemetery

Love history, working with the public, and are ready to honor a national tradition and those it remembers? Our local cemeteries are alive with memories and volunteers can help preserve those memories and experiences.

Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. The day honors men and women who died while serving in the military. Many people observe the day by visiting cemeteries or memorials and decorating graves. 

The City of Des Moines cannot guarantee that the volunteer or any of the event attendees will not become infected with COVID-19. Volunteers and attendees use the City’s facility at their own risk.

In order to comply with emergency proclamations by the Governor or Mayor, as such may be amended from time to time, and as public health guidelines evolve, for the safety of staff and the public, the Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to cancel at any time. In addition, the Department reserves the right to change the registration requirements at any time. The Department will contact the volunteers as soon as reasonably possible with such cancellation or changes.

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