A wide range of ceremonies are scheduled to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice this Memorial Day weekend.

Events start Thursday and include ceremonies in Havelock, New Bern and Beaufort


Salute the Boot

The most visible sign of Memorial Day will be the annual Salute the Boot display at Havelock City Park and along East Main Street and Roosevelt Boulevard. The display is scheduled to go up today and be up through the weekend.

The Havelock Appearance Commission puts on the display and has been collecting military-style boots for the last couple of months. Some of the boots on display will include pictures as well as stories of those who wore them.

For more information on the display contact, contact Marlene Lynch at 463-0113 or by email at marlenelynch@ec.rr.com.


Havelock Memorial Day Ceremony

The Knights of Columbus has scheduled a Memorial Day Ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday at the memorial in front of the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

The event is scheduled to include a guest speaker and wreath-laying ceremony.

For more information, call the Havelock Tourist and Event Center at 444-4348.


Remembrance Day

The Enchanting Waters Girl Scouts of New Bern sponsor Remembrance Day from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the New Bern National Cemetery at 1711 National Ave.

The program, supported by the Craven Veterans Council, is a way to honor the sacrifice and commitment to freedom of fallen veterans by placing small American flags on each grave site. There are 7,517 buried at the New Bern National Cemetery.

The event will begin with a ceremony that includes presentation of colors, the national anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, patriotic poems, recognition of veterans and playing of “Taps.”


Service of Remembrance

The Carteret County Service of Remembrance will be Saturday at the Carteret County Veterans Memorial at Courthouse Square in Beaufort.

The Havelock Community Band will have a musical prelude beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the ceremony set for 10 a.m. with guest speakers U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones and James E. Prosser, assistant secretary for Veterans Affairs in Raleigh.

Award-winning songwriter and musician Angela Baker will perform patriotic songs, and other music will come from the Carolina East Singers and the Croatan High School Band.


Memorial Day Ceremony

A Memorial Day Ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at the New Bern National Cemetery.

The program includes music, singing, presentation of colors, recognition of Gold Star mothers, reading of the Gettysburg Address, placement of wreaths, ceremonial rifle salute and playing of “Taps.”

Guest speaker for the ceremony is Jay DeLoach, a retired rear admiral.