Celebrations, honor mark Memorial Day events

Published 12:05 am Sunday, May 22, 2016

Memorial Day events include:

J.C. Price Post 107 annual Memorial Week celebration, May 27-June 4. Annual event with carnival rides, a midway, memorial services for veterans, Gospel singing, raffles, more.

May 29 will start with the 11 a.m. post everlasting services for departed veterans, at White Rock AME Zion Church, Granite Quarry

May 30, 31 and June 1 will be a free Gospel Fest 6-9 p.m. each night with emcee Roland Carter.

On May 28 at 8 a.m., flags will be placed placed on graves at the historic National Cemetery; breakfast follows.

On May 30 at 10 a.m., flags will be placed at the National Cemetery at the VA Medical Center.

Carnival rides will be set up June 2-4. On June 2, there will be a raffle for a bicycle and electronic devices with the purchase of a wristband for midway rides

Community vendors on the midway will sell food, snacks, novelties and more; a photo booth will be on site.

Mae Carroll is the commander of the post, celebrating the 97th American Legion anniversary. For general information, call 704-636-2950.

The Rowan County Veterans Council Memorial Day celebration will be May 30 at the Hefner VA Medical Center.

The celebration begins at 10 a.m. with opening remarks. Boy and Girl Scouts of America, church youth groups and ROTC units will place flags at both National Cemeteries.

In case of bad weather, the events will take place in building 6.

For more information, contact Bill Craddock at 704-754-0414.

Landis American Legion Post 146 will offer a national moment of remembrance at the post home, 412 N. Central Ave., Landis, on May 30 at 3 p.m.

Members ask citizens to join them in remembering and honoring the sacrifices of the American men and women who gave their lives to preserve the freedoms that all Americans enjoy.

Taps to be played at 3 p.m. by Cindy Germaine, Bugles across America.

The Kannapolis Memorial Day Ceremony is being held in Veterans Park on May 30. This year they are honoring all Vietnam era War veterans with a welcome home celebration based on honor and dignity that they never received as they returned home from Vietnam during those war years.

The ceremony starts with a parade forming in the southbound lanes of Main Street next to the main Core Lab parking garage. They will march past the main Core Lab down the street and proceed to enter the park. The units marching are from five area high schools’ Junior ROTCs, carrying the 50 state flags preceded by the Color Guard.

Behind them will be other marching units along with vehicles transporting those veterans who cannot march. Behind them will be the Ride of Pride truck from Cargo Transporters escorted by the Patriot Guard.

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Quincy Collins will be the keynote speaker and U.S. Congressman Richard Hudson will also be in attendance and will make some remarks.

Vietnam War memorial lapel pins will be given to all Vietnam-era war veterans in attendance by the Carolina’s Freedom Foundation.

Everyone is asked to bring their lawn chairs and small American flags to wave as the veterans march in the park. Special seating will available to all Vietnam-era veterans and Gold Star Mothers.

There will be special patriotic music and other events during the ceremony.  The ceremony starts with the parade at 11:30 and will start in the park at noon. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Beaver-Pittman American Legion Post 115 at 615 S. Main St. will host a reception for the Vietnam-era veterans and their families with refreshments at the post at approximately 2 p.m.

If you have any questions, contact Jimmy Wilson, ceremony organizing chairman for the American Legion and the city of Kannapolis, at 704-794-3417