Flags, wreath-layings and speakers during Memorial Day ceremonies
Durham, Butner and Chapel Hill will hold services on Memorial Day in remembrance of the United States’ war dead. Veterans, including those who are local elected officials, will be among the speakers at ceremonies 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. Post Commander J.H. Lipsey will lead the service. The Riverside High School Color Guard will present the colors. There will be a wreath placement by Lipsey, Corky Payne, Cathy M. Lipsey and Justice McConnell. The guest speaker will be Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews. There will also be a 21-gun salute by the post’s firing squad, and “Taps” will be played by post bugler Wayne Watson. A lunch will follow the ceremony at the post, 406 E. Trinity Ave.
-- VFW Post 2740 of Durham will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, 3712 Cheek Road. The guest speaker is Vietnam veteran Ira Carson, a recipient of a Silver Star and two Purple Hearts. A color guard and wreath-laying will also be part of the service. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- In Chapel Hill, C.V. Cummings VFW Post 9100 and American Legion Post 6 will join together for multiple Memorial Day weekend events. Joined by Boy Scouts, at 6:30 a.m. Saturday they will place small U.S. flags on veterans’ graves at the Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery at Legion Road and Jackie Robinson Way. The public is invited to help. The flag placement will be followed by a remembrance ceremony at 8 a.m. Saturday at the cemetery plaza with prayers, a reading and “Taps.” The ceremony will be repeated at 8 a.m. Monday. The American Legion will have an open house at the post at 10 a.m. Monday at 1714 Legion Road in Chapel Hill, followed by a joint service of the VFW and American Legion at 11 a.m. Monday. The Chapel Hill Village Band will perform at 1 p.m. Monday.
-- The town of Butner’s Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Gazebo Park on Central Avenue in Butner, between D and E streets. The ceremony includes a wreath-laying. The guest speakers are U.S. Air Force (ret.) Col. Ed Mims, who is also a Granville County commissioner, and Del Mims, a U.S. Marines veteran who is a City of Creedmoor commissioner. Ed Mims is a Vietnam veteran who retired after 26 years in the military. He received the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak leaf cluster, as well as other medals. Del Mims spent her time in the Marines assigned to Women Marines Company, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, before going to college. She lived in 34 states and 23 countries before settling in Creedmoor.
-- Also in Durham on Memorial Day, the Fitzgerald family and the Pauli Murray Project will sponsor a service at 10 a.m. Monday at the Fitzgerald Family Cemetery to honor the family’s military service. The Fitzgerald cemetery is at Kent Street and Morehead Avenue, in Maplewood Cemetery. There will be an update on the Fitzgerald/Pauli Murray House at 906 Carroll St. at 11:15 a.m. Monday, also sponsored by Preservation Durham and Habitat for Humanity.
-- An assisted living community in Chapel Hill will honor veterans Friday with a flag retirement ceremony. Brookdale Senior Living’s Wynwood Chapel Hill, 2200 Farmington Drive, will hold a flag retirement ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday. The community is invited.