Honoring Our Heroes: Memorial Day Celebrations and Family Activities

Hello everyone! As Memorial Day approaches, it's a time for us to reflect on the bravery and sacrifices of our veterans during the upcoming week. This day is dedicated to honoring the courageous men and women who have served our country, and it offers an opportunity for families to come together in celebration and remembrance. This year, we're honored to feature exclusive interviews with veterans, sharing their experiences and insights on what Memorial Day means to them. Alongside these heartfelt tributes, let’s dive into the exciting local happenings and discover how you can make this Memorial Day memorable with family-friendly activities and stylish items from Jaxodyssey!

Honoring Our Heroes

Memorial Day is an impactful reminder of the strength and selflessness exhibited by our veterans. It's a day to honor their unwavering commitment to defending our freedom and preserving peace. Today, we pay tribute to two distinguished veterans: Karla Schumann, who served in the United States Air Force, and Hunter Wernli, who fought and served as a mechanic in the United States Army. Though not local to Lubbock, their service resonates deeply with communities across the nation.

Meet Karla Schumann and Hunter Wernli, Our Veterans

Karla Schumann (pictured left, center) enlisted in the Air Force when she was 18 years old, driven by a deep sense of duty and patriotism. Her deployment overseas was met with challenges, but she persevered, drawing strength from her comrades and the support of her family back home in Minnesota. Today, Karla continues to advocate for veterans' rights and remains actively involved in community initiatives aimed at supporting service members and their families. "It was difficult," Karla says, "but the support and sense of family you become a part of means everything. Coming home to a community that has always supported its veterans makes me feel truly appreciated and proud to call this place home."

Hunter Wernli (pictured right, center), an Army veteran who served as a mechanic and rose to the rank of officer, shares his inspiring journey. “Serving in the Army was a life-changing experience,” Hunter reflects. “As a mechanic, I was responsible for maintaining the vehicles that my fellow soldiers depended on. I learned the value of teamwork and formed unbreakable bonds during my time overseas—those guys are my family. It’s heartwarming to see how much people appreciate the sacrifices we made. It reminds me daily of why I served.”

Both Karla and Hunter's stories remind us of the resilience and dedication of our service members. This Memorial Day, as we honor their sacrifices, let's also celebrate the strong, supportive community that makes their return home so meaningful.

Family Activities to Celebrate Memorial Day

Lubbock offers a wide range of activities for families to enjoy this Memorial Day. Here are some local events that you and your loved ones won’t want to miss! 

  • Wollforth Farmer’s Market: Join Jaxodyssey and fellow local vendors on Saturday, May 25th, for a day of family-filled fun! Celebrate with an array of local food and amazing Memorial Day finds from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Stop by and say hi at Barn 33!
  • Stella’s Memorial Day Brunch: Indulge in a festive brunch experience at Stella’s on Monday, May 27th, from 10:30am to 3:00pm. Enjoy bottomless mimosas, lunch specials, and brunch delights while soaking in the family friendly atmosphere.
  • SUP LBK Paddle on the Lake: Embark on an aquatic adventure with SUP LBK's Paddleboard rentals. Explore the waters with friends and family at Dunbar Historic Lake on Monday, May 27th at 10:30 am to 03:00 pm. Tickets are available for purchase, so gather your family and friends for a memorable outing that promises fun and relaxation for all ages!
  • Thriftique’s Summer Shop: Dive into summer with Thriftique’s Summer Shop extravaganza on May 25th. Discover a treasure trove of local vendors, food trucks, and amazing Memorial Day sales. It’s the perfect opportunity to shop, dine, and support small businesses.
  • West Texas Bike Fest: Rev up your engines for the ultimate biking experience at the West Texas Bike Fest from Friday, May 24th at 4:00 pm to Sunday, May 26th at 05:00 pm. Jam-packed with live music, bike and car shows, drag races, and adrenaline-pumping activities, this event promises non-stop entertainment for the whole family.

Celebrate in Style with Items from Jaxodyssey

Elevate your Memorial Day celebrations with stylish outfits and accessories from our store! Whether you’re attending brunch, paddle boarding on the lake, or exploring the bike fest festivities, we have the perfect ensemble for every occasion!

1. Casual Chic: Elevate your casual look with our pink Malibu T-shirt paired with the Belle White Tiered Ruffled Smocked Skirt. Complete the ensemble with our white sunglasses and pearl hair clip for an effortlessly stylish summertime vibe. This festive outfit is perfect for a leisurely brunch or a stroll around the Farmer’s Market.


2. Lakeside Leisure: Dive into lakeside adventures with our Blue Sleeveless Malibu top and denim shorts. Pair it with black sunglasses and a blue clip for a stylish yet practical look while out on the water—ideal for a day of paddle boarding with friends and family!


3. Picnic Perfection: Add a touch of elegance to your Memorial Day celebrations with our timeless white dress and festive embellished headband. Whether you’re enjoying a picnic in the park or a backyard barbecue, this dress promises comfort and style in equal measure.

This Memorial Day, let’s come together as a community to honor our heroes, enjoy family activities, and celebrate with pride. Visit our store to find everything you need for a memorable day. Share your Memorial Day moments with us using #LubbockRemembers. By participating in these local events and supporting our veterans, we can make this Memorial Day truly special!



Jaxodyssey Team

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