Reflection Day

Memorial Day is a 24-hour period, designated by our federal government, in which American citizens are obligated to take a day off from work and reflect on our great nation and the proud souls who died for it while serving the military.

And, if you’re at the Annual Memorial Day Observance ceremony you can even go ghost hunting.

The park opens its gates to the seven on-site (and supposedly haunted) historic Phoenix cemeteries as a part of the day’s events. The 9 a.m. ceremony features guest speaker Marshall Trimble, and inductee in the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame(you might also know him from Maynard Keenan’s Blood into Wine documentary). Tours of the cemeteries and the 107-year-old Smurthwaite House are to follow -- a rare opportunity as the site is typically available for visits by appointment only.

And, if you really want to nerd out, you’re invited to wear your own vintage threads or costumes from your favorite time in American history.

Mon., May 31, 9 a.m., 2010