Photographs of veterans they are marching for are attached to their backpacks as  as participants in the Carry the Load Dallas Memorial March walk along the Katy Trail near Reverchon park on Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Dallas.  The Carry the Load vision is "to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day by connecting Americans to the sacrifices of our military, law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel." (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

Photographs of veterans they are marching for are attached to their backpacks as as participants in the Carry the Load Dallas Memorial March walk along the Katy Trail near Reverchon park on Sunday, May 24, 2015, in Dallas. The Carry the Load vision is "to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day by connecting Americans to the sacrifices of our military, law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel." (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

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Memorial Day happenings

Dallas Memorial March / Carry the Load

This weekend marks Memorial Day, and if you're looking for a way to honor our fallen soldiers, consider Carry the Load's Dallas Memorial March. This two-day event at Reverchon Park in Dallas invites participants to walk in commemoration of those who have died through military service. Gates open at noon on Sunday, and the march starts at 4:30 p.m. and continues through the night. The event culminates at 3 p.m. Monday with a moment-of-remembrance ceremony. Additionally, there will be music, speeches and flag ceremonies. 

You can walk for 20 minutes or 20 hours, and camping is also available at the park. It's free to participate in this event, but Carry the Load offers numerous charitable services, so the organization also accepts donations.

10-plus Memorial Day deals for military at Dallas-area restaurants, museums, pools and more

If you simply want to relax on your day off work or school, the famous Texas-shaped pool in Plano opens for the season with a Memorial Day party. Expect pool games, contest and plenty of food to eat, as well as a remembrance ceremony at 3 p.m. featuring a performance from American Idol contestant Ron Bultongez. The pool is typically members-only, but on Memorial Day entry is free for military, veterans, teachers and first responders. Otherwise, it costs a $1 per person.

A convention is coming

Con of Thrones

Game of Thrones fans don't have to wait until 2019 to get their fix of the popular TV series. Con of Thrones is a three-day convention bringing the thrill of Westeros and Essos to the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas. Actors Hannah Murray, who plays Gilly, and Katie Dickie, who plays Lysa Arryn, will be there in addition to other members of the cast. And there will be lectures, podcast recordings and tons of other fun stuff for fans. Con of Thrones runs Friday through Sunday and tickets range $87 for single-day access or $199 for a weekend pass.

So much hair

File this next event under "hairy situations." The Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium is hosting a Strange and Unusual Beard and Mustache Contest on Saturday with a prize of $100 for those who compete in three different categories. If you're into that sort of fashion, it will likely be a cool event just for spectators and then you can check out some of the exhibits like the wax presidents hall while you're there.

Live music

Justin Timberlake is bringing sexy back to Dallas this weekend, with back-to-back concerts on Sunday and Monday. He's performing at the American Airlines Center in Victory Park as part of his Man of the Woods Tour, and you can still snag tickets for as little at $49.50. If you can't make the shows this weekend, you could plan ahead: JT will be back in Dallas in January 2019.

Tiney Ricciardi offers her weekend event picks every Thursday at 7:40 a.m. on KLIF-AM (570).

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