U.S. Army Soldiers stationed at the home of Army Logistics will support a number of Memorial Day activities throughout the Tri-Cities and Richmond area.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation’s Civil War dead by decorating their graves.

During the first celebration of Decoration Day in 1868, Gen. James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate Soldiers buried in the cemetery.

May 24

The Dunlop House, located at 235 Dunlop Farms Blvd., Colonial Heights, will have their Memorial Day Ceremony, 10 a.m.

Sgt. 1st Class Carl Boone, 111th Quartermaster Company, 530th QM Battalion, 49th QM Group will be the guest speaker for this event.

May 25

Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center will have their Memorial Day Ceremony, 11 a.m. - noon.

The 58th QM Co. will provide a color guard, the Fort Lee Army Band will provide support and Sgt. Shellyann Burke, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 240th QM Bn., 49th QM Group will be the guest speaker.

Richmond Braves Military Appreciation Night

Spc. Daniel Shenninger, HHC, 240th QM Bn., 49th QM Group, will throw out one of the first pitches at the Richmond Braves game when they take on the Norfolk Tides. Game starts at 7 p.m.

The 58th QM Co. will also provide a color guard for the pre-game events, and have a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle on display.

May 27

Faith Baptist School Band will have their Enduring Freedom Concert for their Memorial Day ceremony. The concert will be held at 4105 Plank Rd., Fredericksburg, on the school’s soccer field. The Fort Lee Army band will provide music.

Veterans of Vietnam Post 8, located at 10th Avenue and Davis Street, Hopewell, will have their Memorial Day Ceremony, 2- 4 p.m.

The Fort Lee Army Band will provide music and Capt. Scott Nemeth, Co. R, 262nd QM Bn., 23rd QM Bde., will be the guest speaker.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9501, located at 7712 King William Rd., Aylett, will have their Memorial Day Ceremony, 3 - 5 p.m.

A bugler from the Fort Lee Army Band will provide music and a 21-gun salute will be provided by the Quartermaster Center and School firing team.

May 28

American Legion Hopewell Memorial Post 146 located at 217 East City Point Rd., Hopewell, will have their Memorial Day Ceremony, 11 a.m. - noon.

Chaplain (Maj.) James Paulson, U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command, will give the opening and closing prayer, while Maj. Derrick Singleton, HHC, 244th QM Bn., 23rd QM Bde., will be the guest speaker.

Prince George Historical Society will have their Memorial Day Ceremony, 10 - 11 a.m. on the porch of the Prince George Courthouse located at 6602 Courts Dr., Prince George. Capt. Terriel Cooke, Co. W, 244th QM Bn., 23rd QM Bde., will be the guest speaker.

American Legion Post 2, will have their Memorial Day Ceremony, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., at Blandford Cemetery, located at 250 S. Sycamore St., Petersburg.

A 21-gun salute will be provided by the 58th QM Co., 240th QM Bn., 49th QM Group firing team.

Second Lt. Aimee Lewis, 58th QM Co., will be the guest speaker.

Sons of Confederate Veterans will have their Memorial Day Ceremony, 3 - 4 p.m., at Blandford Cemetery, located at 250 South Sycamore St., Petersburg. Maj. Tony Tidwell, Kenner Army Health Clinic, will be the guest speaker.

The City of Richmond Carillon Advisory Committee will have their Memorial Day Ceremony, 3:45 - 5 p.m., at the Veterans Affairs War Memorial, located at 1300 Blanton Ave., Richmond. Col. Michael Sainsbury, Staff Judge Advocate, will be the guest speaker.