Local groups commemorate, honor America's fallen soldiers

Memorial Day in Gay Atlanta

Monday, May 28

The Georgia Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights observes Memorial Day with a Taps and Wreath Placing Ceremony in Piedmont Park. 12 p.m. at the intersection of 12th St. and Piedmont Ave., http://on.fb.me/L9OeLV

Ladies at Play follows up their Venetian party with an afternoon of open mic spoken word hosted by Red Summer with beats by DJ Sugarcut. 3 – 8 p.m. at Aurum, 915 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30309, http://lapmemorialwknd2012.eventbrite.com, www.ladiesatplay.com

Friends on Ponce brings Pensacola to you with a Memorial Day cookout. 2 p.m. at Friends Neighborhood Bar, 736 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30306, www.friendsonponce-atl.com

Join Traxx Girls for their annual SplasHer Memorial Day Pool Party. 3 – 8 p.m. at the Melia Roof Top Pool, 590 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308,

Mixx Atlanta ends its 3rd anniversary celebration with a Memorial Day cookout. 5:30 – 10 p.m. at Mixx Atlanta, 1492-B Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309, www.mixxatlanta.com

Writing With Intent is open to writers of fiction and creative non-fiction; group offers motivational exercises, constructive criticism and more to keep you on track. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307, www.charisbooksandmore.com