Memorial Day at Lake Norman, always a great time and always so much to do. The lake will be filled with boaters out enjoying the long weekend. There will be many backyard cookouts and celebrations. And, on Memorial Day weekend, Charlotte is home to one of the world’s biggest motorsports events, the Coca-Cola 600. Yes, Lake Norman is a great place to be for Memorial Day. Like many of you, I will also enjoy being out on the lake, partaking in a cookout or two, and watching lots of racing. Although I am more partial to the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indy 500. But that’s what makes America great, we have all of these great things to do and we are free to choose what we want to do to enjoy ourselves on a holiday weekend like Memorial Day. But we also have to remember the reason we’re able to have the freedoms to do these wonderful things, because of the men and women who sacrificed their lives serving our great country. So, while you’re enjoying yourself with friends and family this weekend on the lake, keep in mind the real reason for Memorial Day.
For those of you who would also like to attend, or participate in, more traditional Memorial Day ceremonies, here are some events happening around the lake this weekend.
Town leaders are asking folks to gather at Mimosa Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 27 to place flags at graves in three town cemeteries.
Mayor John Woods will greet attendees at that time, and flags will be handed out for placement at Mimosa – which is a town-owned burial place – and two other cemeteries.
Mimosa Cemetery is located at 518 South St.
Town offices will be closed on Memorial Day.
American Legion Post 86 will oversee what Post Commander Mike Puckett called a “typical hometown Memorial Day ceremony.”
The event will be held at the Cornelius Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza on the property of Cornelius Town Hall, which is located at 21445 Catawba Ave.
The hour-long ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and will include a wreath dedication, 21-gun salute, a color guard presentation and a speech by retired Lt. Col. Shawn Cowley, who is the senior JROTC instructor at Hopewell High School.
Cornelius town government offices will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.
The town and the Birkdale Village development are partnering for a Memorial Day event that begins at 11 a.m.
Mayor John Aneralla will be the master of ceremonies, and members of the Huntersville Police Department will present the colors. Commander Joe Reale of American Legion Post 321 is the event’s honored guest and will officiate the placement of the memorial wreath.
Music – including the national anthem – will be provided by the Central Piedmont Community Chorus. “Taps” will be done by buglers from Boy Scout Troop 19, based out of Huntersville Presbyterian Church.
Birkdale Village is located at 16725 Birkdale Commons Pkwy.
Huntersville government offices will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. There will be no trash service interruptions.
Beginning on Friday, May 26, and lasting through Memorial Day weekend, the Mooresville/Lake Norman Exchange Club will host its second annual Field of Honor display of U.S. flags on the fields of the Lowe’s YMCA.
This formation will include hundreds of U.S. flags posted in a solemn formation as a tribute to those who have served or are now serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Individuals may sponsor flags to honor active duty military and veterans and especially those who have sacrificed their lives in service to their country.
Sponsors will retain the flags at the close of the event to be displayed in Mooresville and surrounding communities as continuing mementos of service.
Funds raised through the Field of Honor event benefit programs of the Mooresville/Lake Norman Exchange Club.
Event organizers call the event one “not to be missed” and say “the panorama of red, white and blue is hard to adequately describe, but once experienced it is not to be forgotten.”
There is no charge to visit the Field of Honor display, and all are invited to walk through the rows of flags.
For more information, go to the Mooresville/Lake Norman Exchange Club website at www.mooresvillelknexchange.org.
The Lowe’s YMCA is located at 170 Joe V. Knox Ave.
Mooresville town offices and facilities will be closed on Memorial Day. All residential sanitation customers will have a one-day delay in collection for the week.
On Saturday, May 27, members of the Jeb F. Seagle Marine Corps League Detachment 1265 will be selling flags at the corner of N.C. 16 and N.C. 73, the proceeds of which help the organization with charitable endeavors and Seagle himself will be remembered by family and friends this weekend. A native of Lincolnton, Seagle was a Marine Corps officer killed in action in the early 1980s.
On Sunday, May 28 at dusk, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1606 in Lincolnton will have a brief ceremony honoring fallen service members. This event will include the lighting of luminaries. The post is located at 1306 Country Club Road in Lincolnton
And at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, a ceremony will be held at the War Memorial Monument at the Lincoln County Courthouse, 1 Court Square SE in Lincolnton.
All town and county offices will be closed on Memorial Day.
List of events courtesy of The Herald Weekly.