GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — With Memorial Day this weekend, several ceremonies and celebrations will be taking place now and down the road around Eastern North Carolina.
— The Pitt County American Legion Post 39 is partnering with The City of Greenville for its Memorial Day service. The ceremony will be at 11 am on Monday at Town Common.
— Jacksonville’s Beirut Memorial Chapter 642 will be hosting its annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday at the Lejeune Memorial Gardens behind the Eagle Globe and Anchor.
— The City of Jacksonville will host these events to mark Memorial Day.
Friday: Jacksonville Recreation and Parks will host the 2d Marine Division Band at 6 p.m. at the Jacksonville Commons Amphitheater. There will also be a candlelight vigil for Memorial Day at 8 p.m. Friday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Saturday: New River Harley Davidson Open House, 10 am-5 pm at New River Harley Davidson. Vendors, food trucks and activities with Rolling Thunder XXXV.
Sunday: Rolling Thunder XXXV will host a motorcycle Ride for Freedom at noon, starting at the American Legion. Riders will follow the route from the American Legion to Marine Boulevard and then pass Jacksonville City Hall. The Ride for Freedom is free to spectators; those interested in riding can register before the event starting at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Monday: The Military Order of the Purple Heart Beirut Memorial Chapter 642 will host the annual Memorial Day Observance at 11 a.m. at the Coastal Carolina Veterans Cemetery. The ceremony will include guest speaker BGen Kevin Stewart, USMC, Ret; a wreath laying and the reading of over 400 names of veterans who died since last Memorial Day. The Observance will be recorded and available for viewing on G10TV, G10TV.org, The City’s Youtube Channel and on mobile devices through the Cablecast app.
— New Bern is honoring The United States and its veterans by holding its annual Scout Flag Placing Ceremony along with the annual Elks Flag Day Celebration.
— The Wayne County Veterans and Patriots Coalition will hold two events. One is Saturday starting at 8 a.m. at the American Legion Wayne Post 11, located at 2973 US Hwy. 117 South in Goldsboro. The other is Monday at the Wayne County Veterans Memorial at 239 E. Walnut St. in downtown Goldsboro.
— Oriental will host its Memorial Day Observance on Monday at the Pamlico County Courthouse in Bayboro. The event will start at 10 am. The Pamlico County Veterans Council and the Disabled American Veterans are hosting.
— The Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines, Boy Scouts of America of the Southern District and New Bern Young Marines are sponsoring the Scout Flag Placing Ceremony. It will be held Saturday at 9 am. Small American flags will be available to place on graves at the end of the program.
— The annual Elks Flag Day Ceremony will be on June 14, at the Gazebo in Union Point Park in New Bern. The celebration will start at 11 am and will have the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band from MCAS Cherry Point performing.
The community is welcome to attend each of these events.