JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – Many Memorial Day events and tributes are scheduled throughout the country this weekend and Monday to honor those who died in service to our nation.
Several groups around the Tri-Cities will also be paying tribute to fallen service members.
The following is a list of Memorial Day events happening in our area:
SATURDAY, MAY 28th:
- Oak Hill Memorial Park and Gardens in Kingsport will hold a Memorial Day ceremony from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call Bill Haskins- 423-426-4631 – for more. A film will be shown at noon and refreshments will be served.
SUNDAY, MAY 29th:
- Veterans Memorial Park Foundation of Abingdon/Washington County’s “Picnic in the Park” from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 29 at the Veterans Memorial Park in Abingdon, Va. The event will honor military service men and women, as well as their families. There will be food and drinks at no cost for all attendees. Veterans Memorial Park is located off of Exit 17 of Interstate 81 in Abingdon, Va. Contact information: Abingdon Convention & Visitors Bureau, 335 Cummings St., Abingdon, Va. 276-676-2282 or 800-435-3440/ firstname.lastname@example.org. Call Emmitt Yeary at 276-628-9107.
- Jonesborough’s Board of Mayor & Alderman and Veteran’s Affairs Committee will host the town’s tribute to veterans starting at 2:30 p.m. at the Visitor’s Center Sunday, May 29. Jonesborough’s Memorial Day event will include a musical tribute featuring songs by the Johnson City Community Concert Band. The presentation of colors will be conducted by Tennessee Highway Patrol Honor Guard and Daniel Boone Marine JROTC and taps by Jim Culp. A reception will directly follow the event and is open to the public. For more information, call 423-753-1010 or visit jonesborough.com.
MONDAY, MAY 30th:
- Mountain Home National Cemetery will honor fallen veterans Monday, May 30 at 11 a.m. at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center grounds on Dogwood Avenue west of the gazebo. The keynote speaker will be James Taft, chief operations officer Southwest District, National Cemetery Administration Department of Veterans Affairs. The ceremony will include remarks from Congressman Phil Roe. USO Dancers, India Company of the 4th Marine Division, Science Hill JROTC Honor Guard, Boone Dam VFW Honor Guard, Jericho Bagpipers, Rolling Thunder and the Patriot Guard will also participate in the ceremony. The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army will provide drinks, snacks and hot dogs. Local country music singer Brad Puckett is set to sing a medley of patriotic songs.Visitors attending the event are asked to bring lawn chairs. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors at Memorial Park Community Center, across from city hall in Johnson City. For more information, contact Jeny Walker at 432-979-3535.
- A Memorial Day ceremony will be held on Monday, May 30 at 6 p.m. at the Johnson City/Washington County Veteran’s Memorial. The program will include three JROTC cadets — one from David Crockett, one from Daniel Boone and one from Science Hill — with each reading a story about one of the men who have died from Washington County. A wreath will be placed at the memorial to honor all those who have fallen.
- The American Post No. 64 in Greeneville, Tenn. and the Greene County Honor Guard will hold a Memorial Day service starting at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 805 Forest St. in Greeneville, TN. Parking will be available in the open field, just above the Veterans Memorial and down from Takoma Hospital. A free shuttle bus will be provided to take event participants to the park. An alternate location in case of weather has been set for First Baptist Church Sanctuary, 211 N. Main St. in Greeneville, Tenn. For more information, call Grady Barefield, 423-639-3775 or 423-552-8838.
- Bristol, Virginia’s annual Memorial Day program will start at noon on Monday, May 30 at the Cumberland Square Park in Bristol, Va.
- Marion, Virginia’s annual Memorial Day parade will start Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m.
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