05/28/17 — Memorial Day events held all weekend

View Archive

Memorial Day events held all weekend

By From staff reports
Published in News on May 28, 2017 12:25 AM

On Monday at 11 a.m., the official Wayne County Memorial Day Service will be held in Moffatt Auditorium at Wayne Community College. Gold Star Wife Brenda F. Albritton will represent all fallen warriors, including her husband, Army Specialist 4 Dempsey W. Parrott, who was killed in action in May 1968. The keynote speaker is Col. Christopher Sage, commander of the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson AFB.

At 2:45 p.m. Monday there will be an observance of the National Moment of Silence at the Wayne County Veterans Memorial at 239 E. Walnut St. Col. Sage is the speaker. He and Ms. Albritton will also participate in the wreath laying at the Memorial Wall.

At 4 p.m. on Monday, there will be a dedication of a highway marker honoring the memory of Marine Pfc. Dan Bullock in the 200 block of W. Ash Street.

Bullock, a native of Goldsboro, was the youngest serviceman killed in the Vietnam War. He was 15 and had lied about his age in order to enlist.

On Saturday, a street at Elmwood Cemetery was dedicated in Bullock's honor.

Meanwhile, veterans and supporters placed flags on the graves of veterans across the county on Saturday, recognizing their sacrifices for their country.

Today, Mount Olive VFW Post 9959 will sponsor a Memorial Day ceremony at 3 p.m. in Maplewood Cemetery. A wreath-laying ceremony will be conducted by a Mount Olive Police Department Honor Guard.

And in Fremont, a service to observe the holiday will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Fremont United Methodist Church.