Wake County

Memorial Day events in the Triangle

Patrick Mahon, 15, of Boy Scout Troop 515 in Wendell places American flags on the graves of fallen soldiers at the Raleigh National Cemetery Friday, May 27, 2016 in Raleigh, N.C. Boy and Girl Scout Troops from Wake County converged on the grounds of the cemetery to place over 1500 flags on the graves to honor their sacrifice during the Memorial Day celebration.
Patrick Mahon, 15, of Boy Scout Troop 515 in Wendell places American flags on the graves of fallen soldiers at the Raleigh National Cemetery Friday, May 27, 2016 in Raleigh, N.C. Boy and Girl Scout Troops from Wake County converged on the grounds of the cemetery to place over 1500 flags on the graves to honor their sacrifice during the Memorial Day celebration. cliddy@newsobserver.com

Saturday, May 28

▪ A tribute to American soldiers will be featured from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Bennett Place, 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham. Living historians dressed as soldiers from the American Revolution to the present day will be on site. Military displays also will be featured. Free. Call 919-383-4345, email bennett@ncdcr.gov or visit bennettplacehistoricsite.com.

▪ The Cary theater salutes veterans with two special showings over Memorial Day weekend. Cost for each movie is $5 at the theater, 122 E. Chatham St., downtown Cary. thecarytheater.com “Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision” screens at 7 p.m. Saturday. The film, which won the Academy Award for best documentary feature, focuses on the work of Lin, the artist who designed the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. On Sunday, the theater will show “Flags of Our Fathers,” about the men who raised the U.S. flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II, at 2 p.m.

Sunday, May 29

▪ American Legion #1 will have a ceremony at Raleigh National Cemetery, 501 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh. Music begins at 1:30 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. ceremony.

▪ The Triangle Wind Ensemble presents “Rhapsody in Red, White & Blue: An American Celebration” at 7 p.m. at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Tickets are $16 for adults; $13 for students, seniors and military; $26 for reserved tables; free for children 12 and under. trianglewind.org, boothamphitheatre.com

▪ American Legion Post 148 will host a Memorial Day observance Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Post Home, 5100 Wendell Blvd., Wendell. Free hot dogs.

Monday, May 30

▪ A community service is at 11 a.m. at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, in the Veterans Garden. There will be music, refreshments and a balloon release. Bring a chair or blanket.

▪ There will be a wreath-laying ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Capitol grounds off Edenton Street. The Tar Heel Detachment #733 of the Marine Corps League will host guest speaker Lt. Gen. Robert R. Ruark, Military Deputy to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Music will be provided by Pam Saulsby, the St. Francis Brass Quartet and bagpiper Robert White.

▪ Historic Oakwood Cemetery, 701 Oakwood Ave., will hold a ceremony at 4 p.m. at the cemetery’s Veterans’ Field of Honor. Dr. Charles Harr, a retired Navy Rear Admiral and cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon at WakeMed Hospital, will be the keynote speaker. Music by the U.S. Army Ground Forces Band Brass Quintet. Wreaths will be placed on veterans’ graves.

▪ The Town of Cary hosts a Memorial Day ceremony honoring veterans from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Veterans Freedom Park, 1513 N. Harrison Ave. Featured speakers are Army veteran Ronnie Sadowski, founder and president of North Carolina’s Wags 4 Tags, and Retired Army Col. Matt Segal, president of the Triangle Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. The Cary Town Band will perform. Parking is at Cary Academy, 1500 N. Harrison Ave., across the street. The Carolina Veterans Support Group will set up a Field of Flags at the park Saturday. Those who wish to sponsor a flag can contact the Support Group at 919-559-1057 or www.cvsgnc.org. bit.ly/202bG2q

▪ Cary American Legion Post 67 holds its annual Memorial Day service 10 to 11 a.m. at the post, 8523 Chapel Hill Road, Cary. The guest speaker will be retired Rear Adm. Steve Glass of Cary. Bring a chair. Following the service, refreshments will be provided. For details, email Carylegion67@aol.com.

▪ VFW Post 10225 and its auxiliary will host a ceremony at 11 a.m. at Montlawn Memorial Park, 2911 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh.

▪ Holly Springs will host a service at 10 a.m. at the DG War on Terror Memorial, 600 Bikram Drive. facebook.com/dgwaronterrormemorial

▪ A free celebration, hosted by Hope Baptist Church, is 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at 3721 Quarry Road, Wake Forest. There will be free barbecue, military vehicle rides, music, children’s activities, Dan the Animal Man and a parade. celebratememorialday.com

▪ A ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. at Garner’s Veterans Memorial at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road. The event is hosted by the town, the Garner American Legion and VFW Post 10225. Call 919-779-6314 or go to vfw10225.org.

▪ Cambridge Village of Apex, 10000 Cambridge Village Loop, will hold a Memorial Day Service at 10:30 a.m.

▪ The Orange County Peace Coalition is hosting “Hearing the Voiceless: Refugees at Home and Abroad,” a commemoration for victims of war, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill. Human rights activist Manzoor Cheema, co-founder of the Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia, will speak at the event. The Raging Grannies and Danny Gotham will perform. Contact Wes Hare at 919-929-3316, jhhare@earthlink.net or Jan Broughton at 919-419-1261, jlbroughton@nc.rr.com.

▪ A Memorial Day observance begins at 11 a.m. inside the Johnston County Courthouse on Market Street in downtown Smithfield. Sherill Stevens of Selma, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, will speak.

▪ A Memorial Day service is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. at the Princeton Veterans Memorial on West Railroad Avenue, Princeton. Retired Col. Randy Hinton will speak. Attendees should bring chairs.

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