Memorial Day Observances

What has Memorial Day become? A long weekend? The unofficial start to summer?  Cook-outs with family and friends?

The original intent of Memorial Day is simple: A day to remember those who have died in service to our country…giving the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we all enjoy in America.

Local Events

Saturday (May 26) – 
Veterans Memorial Display and Gathering at the Thomasville Recreational Center, 205 E. Main St. (10am –  3pm)

Sunday (May 27) – 
5pm: Memorial Service at Hillside Park Baptist Church
7pm – Marine Band Concert at Finch Auditorium
Hosted by BB&T.  Tickets are FREE but required… available at BB&T on Randolph Street in Thomasville.

Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony in Thomasville (25th Anniversary)
Monday (May 28) 
9am: Laying of the wreath to honor all veterans at the ‘North Carolina Veterans Memorial’ on I-85 south

9:30am: Mayor Joe Bennett will host a program at the bandstand to honor the families of service men and women who died in the line of duty over the past year. 25 families are scheduled to attend.

11:20am: Memorial Day Parade  (starts at the Big Chair and will run up Salem Street to Cushwa Stadium)

Noon: Ceremony including a Parachute Jump – Cushwa Stadium

1:45pm          Memorial Park ceremony
Guest speaker: Medal of Honor Recipient Harvey Barnum 
Special Guests: Include Medal of Honor Recipient Rudy Hernandez, Lt.Gov. Walter Dalton, Former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, George Patton Waters (Grandson of Gen. George Patton), Numerous Military Leaders…

Event details in Thomasville


Facebook / Memorial Day Parade & Celebration

Story about the 25th Memorial Day Events

The History of Memorial Day

Editorial: What happened to the real meaning of Memorial Day?

Find out more about restoring Memorial Day to the Traditional Day of Remembrance

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