With temperatures in the mid-70s and sun in the forecast, the first long weekend of the summer is filled with activities!

While camping and barbecuing is high on the list of things to do for many, there are organized activities taking place around the Valley. For live music, there's plenty to pick from: Ukulele Russ kicks off Talkeetna's Live at 5 concert series on Friday; Zero Miles to Empty plays on Friday at the Palmer Alehouse; and on Saturday, wildly popular Nervis Rex is at the Alehouse.

One of the biggest events of the season takes place at the Alaska State Fairgrounds the entire weekend as the PRCA Xtreme Bulls are back. Four days of rodeo, including professional bull riders trying to win 10 ounces of Bering Sea Gold. As part of the event, there will be food trucks, Golden Wheel Amusement rides and a live performance by Ken Peltier.

Of course, the real reason of Memorial Day weekend is to honor those who died while serving their country. The Veterans Wall of Honor hosts the Memorial Day event at 1 p.m. Monday. A full ceremony is planned.

The Veterans Wall of Honor was originally located on a piece of property near Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. After the property was sold three times, the Wall faced an uncertain future. In 2018, it was relocated to the old Iditarod Elementary property on Wasilla Fishhook Road, just north of Wasilla, which will be the new headquarters for the Wasilla Police Department as well.

The Veterans Wall of Honor is a monument dedicated to Alaska's veterans, both living and dead. Names of those who have served are etched in the granite panels, representing every branch of the military. On Memorial Day and Veterans Day, celebrations are held there to honor those who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.