Celebrate National Military Appreciation Month

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America, the beautiful! Celebrate our amazing country and the individuals who protect our freedom at a Memorial Day parade, or go on a family outing to a museum!

May is National Military Appreciation Month, highlighted with National Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day (May 27). There are several local attractions that honor the American military, so gather the family and embark on a patriotic adventure.

TRI-STATE WARBIRD MUSEUM
4021 Borman Ave. Batavia, Ohio; 513-735-4500; tri-statewarbirdmuseum.org
Explore this 22,000-square-foot establishment dedicated to aviation and its importance to the military. The Warbird museum is home to seven restored aircrafts, an exhibit hall, library and more.

CITY OF FORT THOMAS MILITARY AND COMMUNITY MUSEUM
940 Cochran Ave., Fort Thomas, Kentucky; 859-572-1225; ftthomas.org/renaissance/military-museum
Discover the military history of Fort Thomas and it’s interesting citizens. Also noteworthy, the Beverly Hills Supper Club Exhibition.

JAMES A. RAMAGE CIVIL WAR MUSEUM
1402 Highland Ave. Fort Wright, Kentucky; 859-344-1145; fortwright.com/departments/parks-recreation/civil-war-museum/museum-information
Learn about Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s role in the American Civil War through archaeology, education and research.

FEEL PATRIOTIC AT A MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

Clap and sing along to marching band tunes and give a gratitude- filled round of applause to veterans as they pass by during a Memorial Day Parade near you. All parades listed will take place on Monday, May 27.

OHIO EVANSTON (10 A.M.); 3204 Woodburn Ave.; thevoiceofblackcincinnati.com/event/2019-evanston-memorial-parade
Starts and ends at the Evanston Recreation Center, followed by a community celebration. Parade route makes a two-mile loop through the community.

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP; (10 A.M.); fairfield-city.org/573/Memorial-Day-Parade-Ceremony
Starts at Express Scripts (4865 Winton Road) and ends at Veterans Memorial Park (700 Wessel Drive).

LEBANON (11 A.M.); facebook.com/events/city-of-lebanon-ohio-government/memorial-day-parade/2229741860582152
Parade begins on South Street in Historic Lebanon, marching toward the Lebanon Cemetery on Silver Street.

KENTUCKY BELLEVUE-DAYTON (10:30 A.M.); daytonky.com/event/dayton-memorial-day-parade-2/2019-05-27
Celebrating 90th Annual Parade. Travels down 6th Ave. in Dayton toward the Bellevue Vets building on Fairfield Ave.

SOUTHGATE (10 A.M.); southgateky.org/node/160
Begins at Bluegrass and Electric, concludes at Veterans Memorial Park.

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and their three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her Instagram account (@cinciciani), and Twitter account (@haikuciani).

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