Memorial Day: Ways to Honor & Remember

Memorial Day Weekend is steadily approaching and for many, its arrival calls for much celebration.

While the holiday weekend can signify the official start of summer for some, its true purpose is to remember and honor those who have lost their lives serving our country in the Armed Forces.

Americans all across the United States come together to take part in this celebration and likewise, there are many opportunities going on in the Triangle area.

This weekend, gather around your loved ones and honor those who have made possible the independence and liberty this country experiences today.



On Sunday, May 25, the American Celebration…and all that Jazz! will be held at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Nationally-known jazz trumpeter from the Triangle area, Jim Ketch, will perform solos, and the Triangle Wind Ensemble will play jazz and patriotic songs. For a place at a table, tickets are $26. For a spot on the lawn, ticket prices for adults are $16 and $13 for students, active duty military with identification and seniors. Children under 12 are admitted free to the lawn.


Holly Springs:

On Friday, May 23, Holly Grove Elementary School at 1451 Avent Ferry Road will host the third annual Memorial Day Community Program. The event joins the school and community to teach about honor, service and commitment. Presentations and entertainment by citizens, students, Civil Air Patrol cadets and the Holly Grove Middle School Band will be included. There will also be a “memorial wall” created by the school and Home Depot, which includes the names of fallen veterans, which will be read aloud. Admission is free.



On Monday, May 26, Garner will host its annual Memorial Day Service at 1:30 p.m., near the Garner Veterans Memorial in Lake Benson Park, located at 921 Buffaloe Road.

Mayor Ronnie Williams will speak. The 2012 Miss North Carolina Arlie Honeycutt will sing the “Star Spangled Banner” and Savannah Richmond will perform other songs for entertainment. Also, the Garner Magnet School JROTC will serve as color guard and Tyrone Kiaku of Garner Magnet High School will be the bugler.



On Monday, May 26, the Memorial Day Observance 2014 ceremony will take place at the Historic Oakwood Cemetery on 701 Oakwood Ave. The ceremony will run from 4 to  4:45 p.m., honoring  all deceased veterans and  including music, tributes to the military and a speaker. Admission is free.

On Monday, May 26, the North Carolina State Capitol at 1 E. Edenton St., will hold the Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony. The event will start at 11:30 a.m. and end at noon. The service is to remember those who lost their lives fighting for our country and will be held on the north side of the Capitol building.

On Monday, May 26, Stars, Stripes and Celebration! will be hosted at Marbles Kids Museum at 201 E. Hargett St. The fun will start at 9 a.m. and last until 5 p.m. Join in celebrating the return of summer as well as Memorial Day, with a rocket science lab, fireworks painting and more fun.

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