Memorial Day, celebrated this year on the 27th, is the first national holiday of the summer season. For many, this day, or this weekend, is associated with picnics and trips to the lake or beach. But this day, designated following the American Civil War, was established to honor those in military service who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Memorial Day recognizes and honors the dead, while Veterans Day, celebrated in November, honors the service of America’s military personnel.
The annual Memorial Day Ceremony, sponsored on behalf of veterans and their relatives of Chesterfield County, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Chesterfield County Courthouse. All veterans are asked to participate.
The ceremony will include attributes to soldiers and will provide a suitable memento to represent and honor each local veteran who has died while serving the United States of America. The guest speaker will be Richard Lane Brown II.
According to Pamelia C. Mills, Veterans Service Officer, this year’s event will be held inside the main courtroom. “With so many of our recognized veterans being older, it was decided this year, regardless of the weather, that the ceremony be held inside. It will be so much more comfortable inside.”
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson will be speaking at another Memorial Day ceremony on Monday as well. Wilson will address the Veterans of Foreign Wars at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27, at Acapulco Landing on Lake Murray, 960 Rock North Creek Road, Leesville, S.C.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at email@example.com.