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Memorial Day Events in the Historic Triangle

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HISTORIC TRIANGLE — There are a number of events scheduled throughout the Historic Triangle this Memorial Day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities and country.

Williamsburg Memorial Park’s 60th Anniversary Memorial Day Celebration

On Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m., Williamsburg Memorial Park will host its 60th Anniversary Memorial Day Celebration to honor the men and women who gave their lives to protect the nation and its citizens.

Those heroes served as members of the armed forces, police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and first responders.

This event will feature an honor guard, patriotic music, a ceremonial wreath-laying, special guest speakers, and more.

This is a free community event but seating is limited. Due to limited parking, all personal vehicles, except those with disabled tags, stickers, or placards, must park off-site at Bowlero Williamsburg, located at 5544 Olde Towne Road. A complimentary shuttle will run from 9 a.m. to noon to ensure everyone makes it to and from the celebration as quickly and safely as possible.

York County’s Annual Memorial Day Celebration at York Hall

The public is invited to York County’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 27, at York Hall in Historic Yorktown. The program begins at noon.

The keynote speaker is York County Historical Committee member Tim Smith. A graduate of York High School and the Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music, Smith will speak about the women and men who gave all in defense of the nation.

Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 824, will serve as the Color Guard. Wreath laying will be conducted by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 13, the Comte de Grasse Chapter — Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Moore House Society — Children of the American Revolution.

Military service flags will be presented by the York High School NJROTC, with the National Anthem sung by U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Terry Taylor. The ceremony includes the playing of “Taps.”

This program is sponsored by the York County Historical Committee. For more information,  call York County Parks & Recreation at 757-890-3500.

Grace Church Memorial Day Ceremony

A prayer service will be held in Historic (citca 1697) Grace Episcopal Church. Following the service, a brief ceremony will be held in the Cemetery with playing of “Taps” on Monday, May 27 starting at 10 a.m.

All attendees will participate in a hand salute, as appropriate for active duty military/veterans, or with reverence, to the 112 known veterans buried in the Grace Episcopal Church Cemetery, and all deceased men and women who have served the country in uniform.

The historic Church Bell (circa 1725) will be tolled 21 times.

Following the ceremony, families, friends and visitors may visit the graves. Ceremony committee members will replace flags on all graves the weekend before the event.

Visit the Grace Church website gracechurchyorktown.org for more information.

Colonial Williamsburg

Visitors are invited to join the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation on Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. on Palace Green for a Memorial Day Commemoration.

The program will honor the men and women of the United States military who sacrificed their lives to defend the nation with a traditional wreath-laying ceremony.

To conclude Colonial Williamsburg’s Memorial Day observance, a lone bagpiper will play iconic selections from the Governor’s Palace in tribute to those men and women who gave their lives to the nation while serving in America’s Armed Forces.

Colonial Williamsburg will also offer free admission during Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, to all active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, National Guardsmen and their immediate dependents.

Visit the webpage more information.

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