Triangle Memorial Day events to honor those who gave all

mquillin@newsobserver.comMay 23, 2014 

Events will be held cross the Triangle this weekend to honor those who have died while serving in uniform. All Memorial Day events are free and open to the public.

• VFW Post 9100, American Legion Post 6 and local Boy Scouts will place U.S. flags on veterans’ graves at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery on Legion Road beginning at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. The public is invited to help. A remembrance ceremony will follow at 8 a.m. Saturday. The remembrance ceremony will be repeated at 8 a.m. Monday.

• American Legion Post 7 will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at Maplewood Cemetery, 1621 Duke University Road in Durham. The event will include a wreath-laying, a 21-gun salute by the post’s firing squad, and the playing of taps.

• Garner's Memorial Day ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday near the Garner Veterans Memorial in Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road. Mayor Ronnie Williams will speak and there will be music.

• The town of Butner will hold its Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at Gazebo Park on Central Avenue. Local veterans will speak.

• The Tar Heel Detachment, Marine Corps League, will honor those who gave their lives in service with a wreath-laying ceremony on the north side of the State Capitol building in Raleigh on Monday. Patriotic music begins at 11 a.m., followed by the ceremony at 11:30 a.m. After the Marine Corps League’s service, N.C. Vietnam Veterans Inc. will hold a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Capitol grounds. Volunteers will read the names of the 41 service members from North Carolina who are still unaccounted-for after being lost in the Vietnam War.

• The Johnston County Council of Veterans Organizations is sponsoring a ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at the courthouse, 212 E. Market St. in Smithfield. Retired Superior Court Judge and Korean War veteran Knox Jenkins will speak.

• VFW Post 2740 of Durham will hold a ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, 3712 Cheek Road in Durham. Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient Ira Carson will speak.

• Historic Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave. in Raleigh, will hold a tribute ceremony at 4 p.m. Monday in its Field of Honor. Retired Gen. Dan K. McNeill will speak. The N.C. State University Pipes and Drums will play.

• The Eisenhower Chapter of Veterans for Peace will offer an evening of reflection in poetry, prose and song on Monday as “an alternative to the usual glorification and glamorization” of war. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. Local war veterans will be among the presenters.

Quillin: 919-829-8989

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