Ceremonies, displays and other events commemorating Memorial Day are scheduled Thursday through Monday in Craven, Pamlico and Carteret counties. Here's a look at some of the events.
Salute the Boot
The Salute the Boot Memorial will take shape Thursday at Havelock City Park and will remain up throughout the weekend. The Havelock Appearance Commission sets up the display that features donated military boots and American flags. The display will line East Main Street and parts of Roosevelt Boulevard approaching Cherry Point’s main gate.
Some of the boots on display will include photographs or stories about the military service member who wore them. It is designed to honor those who died serving the country.
Vietnam Memorial Wall
The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is scheduled for Thursday through Tuesday at Glad Tidings Church at 4621 Country Club Road in Morehead City.
The memorial will be accessible to the public upon assembly around 6 p.m.
An opening ceremony, which will include a parachute drop by the All Veterans Parachute Team, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday.
A brief closing ceremony is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The Otway Burns Daughters of the American Revolution and the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament are sponsoring the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall display.
Memorial flag program
The Scout and Young Marine Memorial Day Flag program is scheduled for Saturday 9 to 11 a.m. at the New Bern National Cemetery, 1711 National Ave., New Bern.
Following the program, all present are invited to assist the Scouts and Young Marines in placing American flags at the grave site markers of fallen veterans
Contact Diane Buchner at 514-2350.
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Carteret County ceremony
Carteret County Veterans Services has scheduled a Memorial Day Ceremony for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Carteret County Veterans Memorial at Courthouse Square in Beaufort.
The event will include music, speakers and a wreath-laying.
Craven Memorial Day ceremony
Veterans and the local community are invited to attend a Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at the New Bern National Cemetery, 1711 National Ave.
The Memorial Day ceremony dates back to the time following the Civil War. It was known then as “Decorations Day” because graves were decorated by civic groups and families with May flowers and flags in commemoration of fallen veterans.
Today, Memorial Day continues as a special date when the nation pays tribute to all veterans no longer in the ranks.
On Memorial Day, the pavement boundaries will be decorated with 35 veteran and community wreaths and embellished with American, state and military flags.
The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Avery C. Brown, who retired from the Navy. Featured in this year’s ceremony will be a Color Guard and Ceremonial Rifle Detail from Cherry Point, and the Havelock Community Band playing patriotic music. Sam Lewis will sing the national anthem.
The Rev. Malcom Roberts III, chaplain, Untied States Army, retired, will deliver the invocation and benediction.
Also, the Rev. Steve Simpson will perform Amazing Grace on bagpipe and Altesina Kutulewski and Barbra Chance will sound "Taps" with echo.
Water, event programs and seating assistance will be available at the main entrance.
While 400 chairs are available, it is advisable to bring personal folding chairs and sun/rain protection. Should the Memorial Day Celebration be canceled due to severe weather, a public service announcement will be broadcast on WNOS FM 107.5 at 10 a.m.
The Memorial Day Ceremony is organized and sponsored by the Craven County Veterans’ Council, which is composed of representatives of 11 Craven County Veteran organizations, plus their associates, and the New Bern National Cemetery staff.
For more information, call 296-1381 or 636-5543.
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The Fourth Degree members of the Angelo Battista Assembly Chapter No. 2894 of the Knight of Columbus have scheduled a Memorial Day Service at 9 a.m. Monday at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center, 201 Tourist Center Drive.
Brig. Gen. Matthew G. Glavy, the commanding general of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at Cherry Point, is the scheduled guest speaker. Sgt. Maj. Howard Kreamer, the 2nd MAW sergeant major, is also scheduled to attend.
The ceremony is also scheduled to include presentation of colors, a POW/MIA tribute, the playing of the national anthem and “Taps,” and a wreath-laying at the memorial in front of the tourist center.
Pamlico Monday ceremony
Pamlico County will be observing Memorial Day at the county courthouse in Bayboro on Monday at 10 a.m.
The Pamlico County Veterans Council and the Disabled American Veterans will honor those who have given all in defense of the country and local veterans who have died this year.
The guest speaker will be N.C. Sen. Norman W. Sanderson, R-Pamlico.
Military Appreciation Day
Military Appreciation Day will be held at Tryon Palace in New Bern on Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In honor of those who served the country over the years, and those who still do, Tryon Palace will offer free admission to all active duty and military veterans, and their families on Memorial Day.