FORT LEE, VA. -- Installation leaders, musicians from the 392nd Army Band and other military members will participate in a number of local ceremonies over Memorial Day weekend. Some of those events are as follows:
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jermain Williamson, Transportation Corps Regimental CWO, will be the guest speaker for a Memorial Day Commemoration at Riverside Regional Jail, Prince George County, 1:30-3 p.m.
An ensemble and vocalist from the 392nd Army Band and a Fort Lee color guard will be part of a Memorial Day program at McGuire VA Hospital, Richmond, 11 a.m. - noon.
Approximately 25 Airman will assist members of Colonial Heights Baptist Church in placing flags on the gravesites of fallen military members at Richmond National Cemetery, 8:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Col. Sydney Smith, director of the Capabilities, Development and Integration Division, CASCOM, will speak during a Memorial Day gravesite service hosted by the Glendale Rotary Club at Glendale National Cemetery, Henrico County, 10-10:45 a.m.
Musicians from the 392nd Army Band will perform patriotic music during the Dinwiddie County Memorial Day Observance at the Historic Dinwiddie County Courthouse, 10 a.m.
Col. James Godfrey, Army Logistics University commandant, will speak during a Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 637 Memorial Day Ceremony at City Point National Cemetery, Hopewell, 11 a.m. - noon.
An ensemble from the 392nd Army Band will perform patriotic music and a bugler will play “Taps” during a Memorial Day program at Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Richmond, 1-1:30 p.m.
Col. Hollie Martin, garrison commander, will be the guest speaker at Our Community Salutes Enlistee Recognition Ceremony at Hermitage High School, Henrico County, 6-8:30 p.m. A Fort Lee color guard also will take part and a 392nd Army Band ensemble will perform at the event.
Other Memorial Day events - May 27
Governor Ralph Northam will be the keynote speaker for the 63rd annual Commonwealth of Virginia Memorial Day Ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial, Richmond, 10 a.m. It is Virginia’s official commemoration of the national holiday to honor and remember valiant men and women who gave their lives in service to America. The program will feature a rifle salute, the playing of “Taps,” the placing of memorial wreaths, and music by the Benedictine High School Chorus and the Combined Bands of Clan McLeod & Benedictine of St. Andrews Legion. There also will be a free concert of patriotic music performed by the Thomas Jefferson Cadet Corps Alumni Band and Friends at 2 p.m. in the Shrine of Memory.
Retired Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Walker will be the guest speaker during a Memorial Day ceremony at the War Memorial on Boulevard, Colonia Heights, 10 a.m. The event is hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2239, and American Legion Post 284.
Virginia’s three state veterans’ cemeteries will hold Memorial Day ceremonies. State Senator Amanda Chase will speak at Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia, 10 a.m. State Delegate Nick Rush is the keynote speaker at Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Dublin, 9:30 a.m. Retired Col. Dale E. Hruby will address attendees at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk, 10 a.m. Each ceremony will include special musical tributes to the fallen, the playing of “Taps,” a rifle salute, and the placing of memorial wreaths to honor those who gave their lives in service to the nation.
In addition, numerous area restaurants, businesses, retail stores, theme parks and others offer special discounts and giveaways to active duty military members, retirees, veterans and family members throughout the Memorial Day holiday.
For details on discounts, visit www.themilitarywallet.com or check with restaurants and businesses.