A volunteer places flags near the headstone of a veteran in Woodlawn Cemetery

A flag flies near the headstone of a veteran in Woodlawn Cemetery. (Photograph by Jaymie Baxley/The Pilot)

There are several ways to honor fallen service members in the Sandhills for Memorial Day. Following is a look at some of the upcoming tributes and observances.

Saturday, May 25

Carthage Memorial Ceremony

The Moore County chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America group will hold its annual Memorial Weekend ceremony at the veterans’ monument in Carthage. Located on Carriage Oaks Drive, the monument features granite slabs displaying the names of nearly 150 local veterans who have died in the line of duty since World War I. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

Sunday, May 26

Televised Concert With Local Veteran

Ray Lambert, a D-Day survivor who lives in Moore County, will be spotlighted during a live broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS.

The concert, conducted on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capital, airs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Oscar-nominated actor Sam Elliott will recount what happened after Lambert landed on Omaha Beach with the first wave of soldiers.

Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day)

Cemetery Flag Project

Residents are invited to help place flags near the headstones of veterans buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Southern Pines. The project kicks off at 11 a.m. in the cemetery, which is located behind Southern Pines Primary School.

Village Chapel Service

An observance organized by the Sandhills Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will begin at 3 p.m. at The Village Chapel in Pinehurst. The event will include a presentation by Brig. Gen. Ferdinand Irizarry II and a performance by the 82nd Airborne Brass Quintet.

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(1) comment

Dot Brower

Correction - The flagging of graves at Woodlawn took place Friday. The Memorial Program is Monday at 11.

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