• Chapel Hill VFW members will decorate graves in Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery starting at 7 a.m. A memorial service will take place at 8 a.m.
• Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham will hold its Memorial Day Remembrance: The United States Military Through the Ages, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 4409 Bennett Memorial Road. 919-383-4345, www.bennettplacehistoricsite.com.
• The Turkish House in Cary will celebrate Memorial Day with N.C. Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti and other local writers at 3 p.m. at 303 E. Durham Road, Suite F, Cary. The event will feature discussions about poetry, politics and spirituality, and the documentary film “Bathanti” will be shown. For details, contact Richard Krawiec at 919-810-2863, or email email@example.com.
• American Legion Post 148 in Wendell is hosting a Memorial Day observance at 5 p.m. at the American Legion Hut, 5100 Wendell Blvd. Following a brief program, veterans will serve free hot dog dinners.
• The Triangle Wind Ensemble will perform at the sixth annual “An American Celebration” at 7:30 p.m. at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and a picnic. Tickets are $12 for lawn seating, $25 for table seats. For details, call 919-462-2025 or visit www.boothamphitheatre.com.
• Veterans of Foreign Wars C. V. Cummings Chapel Hill Post 9100 will hold a memorial service at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery at 8 a.m. Chapel Hill Boy Scout Troop 505 will provide the bugler for Taps. American Legion Chapel Hill Post 6 will hold an open house at 10 a.m. that includes military memorabilia and a display recognizing women in the military presented by The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project at UNC-Greensboro. A memorial service starts at 11 a.m. Speaker: Maj. Everett “Bud” Hampton, who fought with the Marines in the Pacific during World War II. A concert by The Village Band starts at 12:30 p.m. Visitors encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
• Memorial Day parade and ceremony at the Cambridge Village of Apex, at 10 a.m. A short parade featuring the N.C. State Pipes and Drums, followed by a ceremony. Veteran speakers include John Mims, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, and Arthur Bond, who took part in Iwo Jima. Singing by Miss North Carolina Arlie Honeycutt.
• The Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony will be conducted by the Tar Heel Detachment #733, Marine Corps League at 11 a.m. at the State Capitol in downtown Raleigh. The ceremony begins with patriotic music, followed by the wreath ceremony at 11:25 a.m. with a bagpiper. Speaker: retired Lt. Col. Wesley Feight, USMC, Commanding Officer of the Cary NJROTC Unit.
• Memorial Day observance at 1 p.m. at the new Garner Veterans Memorial at Lake Benson Park, at 921 Buffaloe Road. Sponsored by the town, the Garner Veterans Memorial Committee and local VFW and American Legion posts.
• Garner VFW Post 10225 will hold a Memorial Day service at 11:15 a.m. at Montlawn Cemetery and Memorial Gardens, 2911 S. Wilmington St. in Raleigh. Speaker: Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams.
• Veterans and Victims of War: Past, Present, and Future. Memorial Day commemoration features proclamation by Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton, readings, poetry, Raging Grannies singing songs for peace and justice, and remarks by Howard Machtinger on the 30th anniversary of the end of the war in Vietnam. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Carrboro Town Commons. Orange County Peace Coalition, 919-419-1261, 919-929-3316.