NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — In honor of Memorial Day, several events are scheduled in the Cape Fear to celebrate and remember fallen servicemen.
A “Tolling of the Bells” ceremony will be held at the Wilmington National Ceremony Monday morning, where the names of more than 500 local veterans who have passed since last Memorial Day will be read aloud. North Carolina Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Wes Morrison will also give a patriotic address at the formal ceremony that begins at 11 a.m.
Moore’s Creek National Battlefield is among the many parks across the nation that will hold naturalization ceremonies. It’s all a part of the partnership with The National Park Service and US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The ceremony at 11 a.m. at Patriots Hall recognition of those becoming US citizens there.
The American Legion Post 129 will kick off their Memorial Day festivities with flag retirement service at their pavilion behind Food Lion. People are invited to bring flags that need to be properly retired in exchange for a grilled hot dog lunch. The short ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.
The Battleship North Carolina will host its 48th Annual Memorial Day Service Monday evening. WWAY will be live at the event, where 5th Coast Guard District Commander, Admiral Steven Ratti, will be the guest speaker. The ceremony will include military musical arrangements and a 21-gun salute. The observance will be held on the deck of the state’s World War II Memorial at 5:45 p.m.