Community Flag Placing Event and Memorial Day Ceremony at New Bern National Cemetery

New Bern National Cemetery
New Bern National Cemetery. Photo by Wendy Card.

The annual Community Flag placing will be held on May 27 at New Bern National Cemetery located at 1711 National Ave. in preparation for Memorial Day.

The program is sponsored by the Girl Scouts of the NC Coastal Pines, BSA Scouts of the Southern District and Young Marines of New Bern.

The purpose of this event is to remember and honor the sacrifice and commitment to freedom of fallen veterans by placing small American flags on each grave site. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with the presentation of our National Colors followed by the singing of the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance and reading patriotic poems. Veterans will be asked to assemble in front of the presentation shelter to be recognized for their service. The Colors are retired, and Taps played.

Veterans and the community are welcome to help place American flags on graves at the end of the program.

Please do not enter the cemetery before 8:30 a.m.

For more information email Diane Buchner.

Memorial Day Ceremony

The Craven County Veterans’ Council invites veterans and the community to attend the Memorial Day Ceremony on May 29 at the New Bern National Cemetery. The ceremony honors all veterans that served our country in times of war and peace. It will commence at 11 a.m. and end at 12 p.m.

The program will consist of the Invocation, presentation of the National Colors, singing of the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the introduction of Gold Star Families. Our guest speakers are Dr. John Byrd, Laboratory Director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency followed by Jay A. Deloach, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret), presenting the Memorial Day Address.  The program ends with the placing of veteran and community wreaths and the sounding of Taps.

Limited seating is provided, it is suggested that attendees bring personal lawn chairs and weather protection. This is a rain or shine event. Should we encounter sever weather, please take personal precautionary measures until the threat has passed.

Please join us and honor our fallen veterans.

Information provided by Dobert Owsley