Camping, boating, swimming, patriotic gatherings, family picnics and a variety of other activities will occupy Utahns during the Memorial Day weekend.
As individuals and families head for the hills, lakes and streams for the first holiday of the summer, law enforcement and emergency rescue agencies will be out to assist and protect the public.Traffic is expected to be heavy during the holiday weekend. Motorists are urged to obey the speed limit, to wear seat belts and to drive defensively.
* A memorial service sponsored by United Veterans Council and Salt Lake City and County is scheduled at 10 a.m. Monday in Memory Grove, Salt Lake City.
Music will be provided by the Salt Lake City Postal Employees Band. Robert Frank, veterans council chairman, is chairman of the program, which will include talks by James McKee of the American Legion and Lt. Gov. Val Oveson.
A wreath will be placed at the memorial, and prayers will be offered by retired Col. Kay A. Schwendiman, an Army Reserve chaplain, and the Rev. Thomas J. Meersman, rector of the Cathedral of the Madeleine.
* A pioneer service will be held at 8 a.m. Monday in the Union Pioneer Memorial Cemetery, 1483 E. Creek Road (off 13th East at 7735 South). If it rains the service will be held at a church just east of the cemetery.
Members of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers will present a program on the history of the cemetery, where 140 pioneers are buried.
* A Memorial Day Mass will be at 9 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 4th Avenue and T Street. The Mass, for all those buried in the cemetery as well as for all deceased people of Utah, will be said by the Most Rev. William K. Weigand, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City.
* Another service will be held at 11:15 a.m. Monday at Fort Douglas Cemetery. Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, and Donald A. Mackey, civilian aide to the secretary of the Army, will be speakers. Also included will be the Capital English Brass Band, songs by the Robinsons, prayers by clergymen, the firing of a salute by members of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, the sounding of taps, the raising of a flag and placement of wreaths.
Seating reservations should be made by calling Mary Skidmore at 524-4097.
* Memorial Day observances will be held at Memorial Estates Cemeteries. At 9 a.m. at 6500 S. Redwood Road, Mary Hemphill, president, Uintah Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and Richard H. Snelgrove, businessman and Republican candidate for Congress, will be speakers.
Other participants include American Legion Post 119, Murray Symphonic Band, Utah Scottish Pipe Band, Silver Spurs Ladies Riding Club, Utah National Guard Honor and the Mailefihi Alumni Tongan Brass Band.
At Mountain View Cemetery, 3115 E. 78th South, at 9:30 a.m., Snelgrove will speak. A flag ceremony will be conducted by the University of Utah Air Force ROTC, and the same groups will provide musical numbers. Post 7399 of the Magna/Granger Veterans of Foreign Wars will participate in a patriotic salute.
At Memorial Estates Lakeview Cemetery, 1640 East Lakeview Drive, Bountiful, at 8 a.m., Haven Burningham, a retired Air Force colonel and executive director, Bountiful Chamber of Commerce, will be the speaker. Other participants: The Post Office Band, which will present a noon concert; the Clearfield Job Corps Rangers color guard and drill team; the Utah Scottish Pipe Band; and the 23rd Army Brass Band Quintet.
Recent warm weather has accelerated melting of snow from Utah's popular high country roads. With the help of Utah Department of Transportation maintenance personnel, the following roads will be open Memorial Day weekend:
U-39, Monte Cristo Road; U-465, East Canyon Road over Big Mountain; U-190, Guardsman's Pass from Brighton to junction with U-224 at Bonanza Flat; U-224, from Wasatch Mountain State Park to junction with U-152, Guardsman's Pass, and on to Park City; U-220, Midway via Cascade Springs to Wasatch Mountain State Park; U-92, Alpine Loop road between American Fork and Provo Canyons; U-35, Wolf Creek Pass from Woodland to North Fork of the Duchesne River; U-72, from I-70 at Fremont Junction over Hogan Pass to Fremont; and U-25, Fish Lake Road.
Because of snow accumulations, U-153, Beaver Canyon Road, will be closed from Mount Holly to the junction of U.S. 89.
UDOT officials said they are uncertain whether U-150, the Mirror Lake Road, and U-148, Cedar Breaks Road, will be open. Interested individuals may call 964-6000, the road condition report number, or toll-free 1 (800) 492-2400, from anywhere in Utah.
* The U.S. Mormon Battalion Inc. will conduct a flag-raising service at 8 a.m. on the State Capitol steps. Retired Brig. Gen. R. Perry Green, Utah National Guard, will speak.
At 11 a.m. the battalion will conduct an 11 a.m. gathering at the gravesite of Pvt. Ira Jones Willis, an original member of the battalion, who is buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
Willis' family has donated his Harpers Ferry model 1828 flintlock rifle, which has been restored and will be fired in tribute to all original members of the battalion.
Elder Victor L. Brown of the First Quorum of the Seventy, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and a direct descendant of Pvt. James Stevens Brown, Company D of the battalion, will speak.
* "Pioneer Spring Days" is scheduled May 28-30 at Pioneer Trail State Park, located at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. The program runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Sunday, when it is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m.
Old Deseret opens its 1988 season Saturday at Pioneer Trail Park, where Utah's pioneer past will be re-created daily from noon to 5 p.m. throughout the summer.
Admission to the village is $1 for adults and 50 cents for children. For information call Mike Johnson, 533-5881.
* At Flaming Gorge, water has been turned on in campgrounds, and the following campgrounds should be operating: Buckboard, Lucerne Valley, Red Canyon, Canyon Rim, Green's Lake, Greendale, Firefighters Memorial, Deer Run, Cedar Springs, Mustang Ridge, Dripping Springs. Prices range from $5 to $6 per night; some other campgrounds cost $8 and $10.
Reservations are not accepted at any family campgrounds at Flaming Gorge for the weekend, but are accepted for about 20 group sites. Call 1 (800) 328-CAMP, and have credit card number ready.
Firehole swim beach, boat ramp and campground will be open. Spirit Lake Lodge and campground are not yet open. Browne Lake and Deep Creek campgrounds are open, but culinary water is not available.
Navajo Cliffs, Carmel, Palisades Park, Dowd Springs and Dowd Mountain sites are available for picnicking and day-use facilities. Individual picnic tables are available at the Flaming Gorge Dam and Red Canyon Visitor Center parking lots, the Greendale Overlook, the entry of Fire-fighters' Memorial Campground and the Little Hole day-use area.
Group reservation campsites are Lucerne Point, Greendale East, Arch Dam, Dutch John Draw, Dripping Springs and Antelope Flat.
Fishing on Flaming Gorge Lake has been good. One fisherman recently caught a a 39-pound trout.
All boat ramps are operational. Where provided, divider docks are in place and floating docks will all be installed by mid-June. As a service to boaters, Flaming Gorge Yacht Club will place and adjust docks at Hideout Canyon.
All lodges, marinas, visitor centers and boat ramps will be open during the weekend. All roads are open with the exception of Spirit Lake Road, which has snowdrifts. Antelope Flat campground will open June 1.
More information is available at visitor centers or by calling the Flaming Gorge Ranger District, 885-3315.
* The Friendship Cruise is a motorized boat trip from the community of Green River, Emery County, to the confluence of the Colorado River and up the Colorado to Moab.
Lana Bacon, cruise vice commodore, said excellent water conditions are expected on both rivers. More information is available by calling 564-3448.
* At Rock Creek Campgrounds, two new campgrounds, Yellowpine and Miner's Gulch, will be available on a first come, first served basis.
A trail that has been closed for several years is now open, providing access to the High Uintas Wilderness. The trail is located at the newly constructed Upper Stillwater Dam and Reservoir, approximately 40 miles north of Duchesne.
Yellowpine, situated in a beautiful scenic area about four miles south of the reservoir, has paved access, running water, flush toilets and a trailer sanitation system.
Because of muddy water being released from the reservoir, poor fishing conditions are expected in Rock Creek River. Fishing is expected to be much better at Currant Creek Reservoir, said Bruce Schmidt, chief of fisheries, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
* At Wheeler Historic Farm, walking tours are available, but farm facilities will not be open Monday. Fishing and fishing instruction, farm and house tours and public wagon rides will be available Saturday.
The farm is located at 6351 S. Ninth East.