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Memorial Day Events in Yorktown
Submitted by Al Crane and Gail Whittaker

MemDayE imageYORKTOWN – On Monday, May 27 at 10:00a.m., Historic Grace Episcopal Church will hold its annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Located at 111 Church Street, Yorktown, this ceremony serves to honor those who served our country but are no longer with us.

After "Dedication of Flags,” brief remarks will be delivered along with prayers and the playing of "Taps." Following the service, attendees will process through the Historic Church Graveyard and will participate in replacing American Flags on each of the 95 known graves of Veterans (Revolutionary War, Civil War, Philippine Insurrection, World Wars 1 and 2, Korea, Cold War, and Vietnam) with "Honors."

A Commemorative Program listing all the known Veterans buried at Grace Church along with a brief biography will be provided to each attendee. The York County Memorial Day Ceremony will continue at noon at nearby York Hall. Grace Church parishioners, their families, friends, and visitors (especially Veterans, Military, and their families) are welcome to attend and to participate. Airmen from the 377th Logistics Readiness Squadron JB Langley Eustis are scheduled to assist in this program.

Contact LtCol Al Crane USAF (Ret) 757- 867-8643, Grace Church at 757-898-3261, or visit: www.gracechurchyorktown.org.

The annual York County Memorial Day Ceremony begins at 12 p.m. on Monday, May 27, at the War Memorial on the grounds in front of York Hall, 301 Main Street. This free event honors the men and women who helped preserve our nation’s freedom and who died while serving in our Armed Forces.

The ceremony will be preceded by the Fifes and Drums of York Town marching to the site at 11:45 a.m. Keynote speaker Brigadier General John W. Smith, USA (Ret.) served as an Army Intelligence Officer for most of his 32-year career, which included tours in Vietnam and with Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. World War II veteran Rev. Richard Young, a Pearl Harbor survivor, will also participate in the program.

Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 824, will serve as the Color Guard, and the laying of wreaths 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 by the York County Historical Committee. For more information, please call York County Parks and Recreation at (757) 890- 3500.

In case of inclement weather, the service will be held inside York Hall.

On Monday, May 27, Coastal Community Church, located at 101 Village Avenue in Yorktown, will host the Classic Cruisers Car Club Memorial Day Car Show. From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. guests are encouraged to come and take a look at classic cars from all years, makes, and models. There will be a DJ, vendors, a raffle, and a 50/50 drawing.

If you are interested in showing your car, there is a fee of $20. The first 100 vehicles to register will receive a goody bag and dash plaques. There will also be Top 40+ special awards for entrants.

Note: A rain date has been set for June 4.

The event benefits Gathering of Mountain Eagles non-profit for combat wounded veterans and selected family members.For more information, contact Blair Armbrister at 757-291-4911 or my98ford150@verizon,net. You may also visit: www.ccccva.com.


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