Memorial Day Activities

The following are area activities being planned for Memorial Day weekend:

Sunday

Berryville

Retired Air Force pilot Maj. Gen Hugh “Bugs” Forsythe, of Loudoun County, will be the speaker at a Memorial Day service sponsored by Clark County Memorial VFW Post 9760 at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rose Hill Park in Berryville.

The Clarke County High School Band and Choir will perform. The program will include the names of veterans from Clarke County who died on foreign soil.

A free lunch will follow at the post home, 425 S. Buckmarsh St., Berryville.

In case of rain, the service will be held at Barns of Rose Hill adjacent to Rose Hill Park.

Today, about 1,000 flags will be placed at veteran’s gravesites in Green Hill Cemetery in Berryville.

Fishers Hill

A Memorial Day service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fishers Hill Cemetery. In case of rain, service will be moved to Emmanuel Church in Fishers Hill.

Maurertown

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Maurertown Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Saumsville Christian Church in Maurertown.

New Market

The New Market American Legion Post 166 Ladies Auxiliary will dedicate a veteran’s memorial at 3 p.m. Sunday behind the town office.

Fairfax

Ride of the Patriots

The 18th annual Ride of the Patriots to Rolling Thunder will be held starting at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at the Patriot Harley-Davidson, 9739 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax.

The ride remembers and honors those in uniform who served to protect our nation. The event also provides an organized staging area and safe trip for riders to the Pentagon and Rolling Thunder. Information: 703-352-5400.

Monday

Edinburg

Massanutten VFW Post 2447 in Edinburg and Peter Muhlenberg American Legion Post 199 in Woodstock will sponsor a joint service at 11 a.m. Monday at the post home in Edinburg.

The names of deceased veterans of both posts will be read. Lunch will follow. Flags will be placed at veteran gravesites today at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Edinburg.

Community picnic

The Front Royal Elks Lodge will hold a community Memorial Day picnic starting at 1 p.m. Monday.

The Lodge will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and barbecue. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish or dessert. There will be music and games and a corn hole tournament, which costs $5 to participate with proceeds benefiting local veterans.

Fort Valley

The Fort Valley Ruritan Club will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday in Detrick Cemetery.

Refreshments will follow at the Fort Valley Fire Hall. There will also be displays of military items and memorabilia.

Front Royal

Brigadier General David Wesley of Randolph-Macon Academy will be the speaker at a Memorial Day ceremony from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at The Gazebo at the Village Commons in Front Royal.

There will also be a salute to dogs of war.

Luray

The Comer-Jones VFW Post 621 and Miller-Campbell-Baker American Legion Post 22 in Luray will hold a joint service at 11 a.m. Monday at the Page County Courthouse in Luray.

The speaker will be American Legion District 15 Commander John Kokarnak. The service will include a presentation of colors followed by a wreath-laying ceremony, which includes reciting the names of veterans from Page County who died on foreign soil.

Earlier in the week flags were placed at veteran’s gravesites at Green Hill and Beahm’s Chapel cemeteries.

Strasburg

Strasburg Mayor-elect Richard Orndorff will be the speaker at a Memorial Day service sponsored by Shenandoah American Legion Post 77 at 11 a.m. Monday at Riverview Cemetery in Strasburg. The American Legion Color Guard will be present.

A free lunch will be served afterward at the post home. The Strasburg American Legion Auxiliary will place flags at veterans’ gravesites at Riverview, St. Stephens Lutheran Church, Lebanon Church and Mount Zion United Methodist Church cemeteries.

Winchester

The Winchester/Frederick County Veterans Committee will host a Memorial Day celebration from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the War Memorial in Shenandoah Memorial Park, 1270 Front Royal Pike (state Route 522 South of Winchester behind Omp’s Funeral Home South Chapel), Winchester.

Guest speaker will be 10th District U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Comstock. Other dignitaries include 29th District State Delegate Chris Collins, Frederick County Board of Supervisors member Robert Hess and Winchester Mayor Elizabeth Minor.

The event will honor Winchester and Frederick County veterans who died April 1, 2015, through April 1, 2016, with a final roll call.

In attendance will be local commanders and auxiliary members of the American Legion, Marine Corps League, Disabled American Vets, Veterans of Foreign Wars, AmVets, Korean War Veterans of America, Viet Nam Veterans and Virginia Chapter 1 of Rolling Thunder.

Information: 540-542-5397 or Phillip.parsons@fema.dhs.gov

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