Sure, later in the day we're going to barbecue and maybe work on that tan now that the beaches are open, but first, let's consider doing some things that remind us what this day is all about:
1. Paying tribute.
Chicagoans have been marking Memorial Day at Graceland Cemetery (4401 N. Clark) since the holiday was first declared in 1868 and was called Decoration Day. Things kick off at 8:30 a.m. at Lake View High School (4015 N. Ashland), followed by a parade at 9:30 a.m. to the cemetery. Members of the ROTC, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will mark the day with a 30-minute public ceremony at 10 a.m. at the historic chapel that will include a reading of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. After the ceremony, take a self-guided tour of some of Chicago's most famous grave sites. A free road map is available at the office, near the historic entrance. The cemetery is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. www.gracelandcemetery.org or (773) 525-1105.
2. Last chance to see a slice of history
It's the final day for the DuSable Museum's exhibit "Red, White, Blue and Black: A History of Blacks in the Armed Forces." The exhibit features more than 100 artifacts, objects, images and documents from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War. The museum (740 E. 56th) is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today. General admission is $3 adults, $2 students and seniors and $1 children ages 6 to 12. (773) 947-0600 or www.dusablemuseum.org.
3. Seeing Old Glory in all her glory
Join members of the Wellington-Oakdale Old Glory Marching Society (WOOGMS) for their 46th annual Memorial Day Parade. Their motto is "everyone marches, nobody watches." The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. at Pine Grove and Wellington in the Lake View East neighborhood, heads east to Sheridan, south to Diversey, east to St. Joseph Hospital (2900 N. Lake Shore). Free.