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Memorial Day Ceremonies at Grace Church and Yorktown
Submitted by Al Crane LtCol USAF (Ret.) and Gail Whittaker

MDC imageThe Annual Historic Grace Episcopal Church (ca 1697) Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at 10 am Monday ,May 28 at 111 Church Street, Yorktown rain or shine. After "Dedication of Flags", brief remarks and prayers and playing of "Taps" in the church, we will process through the Historic Church Graveyard replacing American Flags on each of the 89 known graves of Veterans (Revolutionary War, Civil War, World Wars 1 and 2, Korea, Cold War, and Vietnam) with "Honors." Grace Church parishioners, their families, friends, and all visitors (especially Veterans, Military, and their families) are welcome to attend and participate. Airmen from Langley AFB are also scheduled to be part of the Ceremony. A Commemorative Program listing all the known Veterans buried at Grace Church with a brief biography will be provided to each attendee. The York County Memorial Day Ceremony follows at 12 noon at York Hall. Contact LtCol Al Crane USAF (Ret) 867-8643 or Grace Church at 898-3261 or

York County’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at 12 p.m. on Monday, May 28, at the War Memorial on the grounds of York Hall, 301 Main Street in Historic Yorktown. Please join us as we honor the men and women who helped preserve our nation’s freedom and who died while serving in our Armed Forces.

The Fifes and Drums of York Town will march to the site at 11:45 a.m. Keynote speaker is Col. David L. Ward, USA (Ret.), who served for 28 years as an Army Officer in the Military Intelligence Corps and is a teacher of Military History at the College of William and Mary.

Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 824 will serve as the Color Guard. Wreath laying ceremonies will be conducted by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 13 and the Comte De Grasse Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Flags will be presented by the York High School Junior ROTC. The ceremony includes the playing of "Taps.”

The Memorial Day remembrance program is sponsored each year by the York County Historical Committee. For more information, please call York County Parks, Recreation and Tourism at (757) 890- 3500.

In case of inclement weather, the service will be held indoors in York Hall’s second floor Board Meeting Room.


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