The following activities will be held in commemoration of Memorial Day:
• A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Maurertown Cemetery.
• A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at Fishers Hill Cemetery. In case of rain, the service will be held at Emmanuel Church at Fishers Hill.
• The American Legion Post 77 will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at Riverview Cemetery on South Holliday Street, Strasburg. The guest speaker will be the Rev. William Erbach. An open house with food will follow at the post home, 157 E. Washington St., Strasburg.
• The Edinburg VFW Post 2447 and American Legion Muhlenberg Post 199 in Woodstock will hold a Memorial Day tribute service at 11 a.m. Monday at the VFW. The guest speaker will be retired Command Sgt. Maj. Suzanne Rubenstein, of Edinburg. Lunch will follow the service.
• The Fort Valley Ruritan Club will conduct a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday at Detrick Cemetery. A social gathering will follow at the Fort Valley Fire Department. Club members will visit over 44 local cemeteries for maintenance and to place flags on the graves of Fort Valley veterans.
• The Col. Samuel R. Millar VFW Post 1860 will hold a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Panorama Memorial Gardens, 4917 Strasburg Road, Strasburg. The guest speaker will be Tom Sayers, a VFW member and Shenandoah District representative on the Warren County Board of Supervisors. Local Scout troops will participate. After the service, American flags will be placed at veteran’s graves.
• The Town of Front Royal will hold a Memorial Day ceremony from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the Gazebo saluting the nation’s war dead and dogs of war. The guest speaker will be Skip Rogers, founder and executive director of the Able Forces Foundation.
Four local veterans will be honored, retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Norman Brander, U.S. Army veteran Philip Funk, the late U.S. Navy veteran Marvin Reifsnider, who died earlier this year at 104, and Samuel Albert Hallman, who was killed during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Vince McLaughlin, of Rockland Community Church, will give the invocation and closing prayers and bless the “dogs of war.” Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Diana Lieber will lead a parade of dogs and Michael Williams, whose late father was a dog handler during the Vietnam War, will provide a brief history of the war dogs. Dog owners are invited to bring their pets.
Bagpiper Bill Wright and the brass ensemble from Skyline High School will perform. Retired USAF T/Sgt. Tina Laing, of Randolph-Macon Academy, will lead a group of cadets in providing a guard of honor. A wreath will be laid by the heads of Warren County and Front Royal governments and U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Lt. Col. Robert McDougal.
Following the ceremony, a picnic area will be opened behind the Virginia Beer Museum where light refreshments will be available and free sodas for kids will be provided.
• Anthony Barnes, veteran outreach specialist for the office of 10th District Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton, will be the speaker at a Memorial Day program 11 a.m. Monday at Winchester National Cemetery.
• The American Legion Conrad-Hoover Post 21 will hold a memorial service 10:30 a.m. Monday at Shenandoah Memorial Park, 1270 Front Royal Pike, Winchester (state Route 522 South). The VFW Winchester Post 2123 Honor Guard will be attending. A free lunch for veterans and their families will follow at the post home, 1730 Berryville Pike, Winchester. Information: 540-662-9501.
• Middletown will host a recognition and wreath-laying ceremony 1 p.m. Monday at the Veteran’s Memorial on Main Street. The VFW Winchester Post 2123 Honor Guard will be in attendance.
• The Stephens City Memorial Committee will host a service commemorating Memorial Day at 10 a.m. Saturday at the town’s Veterans Memorial, 5516 Main St. The guest speaker will be Navy veteran and former Mayor Ray Ewing. The ceremony will include a wreath laying, raising of the American flag by Boy Scouts and prayers from the clergy. The VFW Winchester Post 2123 Honor Guard will be in attendance. At 11 a.m., town officials will unveil a statue honoring Lenny the town dog, a beloved stray mutt that was hit and killed by a car last summer. Residents donated $1,200 to pay for the statue.
• The VFW Clarke County Memorial Post 9760 and the American Legion Lloyd Williams Post 41 will hold a memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rose Hill Park in Berryville. The theme this year is “Women in the Military.”
The guest speaker will be Col. Nancy Braswell, U.S. Air Force retired. A meal will follow at the VFW, 425 S. Buckmarsh St.
The Clarke County High School Band will provide prelude and postlude selections and the National Anthem. The Sons of the American Revolution and the Clarke County Honor Guard will be in attendance.
In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville.
VFW and American Legion members will place American flags at veterans’ gravesites Saturday at Green Hill Cemetery and Monday at Milton Valley Cemetery in Berryville.
• The American Legion Miller-Campbell-Baker Post 22 will hold a service commemorating Memorial Day at 11 a.m. Monday at the Page County Courthouse in Luray. The speaker will be the Rev. Nick Eichelberger, pastor of St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The VFW Comer-Jones Post 621 will present colors. Wreaths will be placed by American Legion Post 22, VFW Post 621, VFW Auxiliary and the Scottish-American Military Society.