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.