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Services to honor war dead, vets

Veterans of the U.S. armed forces will be honored at several weekend events.

Aurora’s 19th-annual Fossil Festival includes a veterans’ breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday. Veterans also will be remembered at a noon presentation immediately following the parade.

A wreath was placed during the 2011 Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park in Washington. (Submitted Photo)

For more information, contact the Aurora Fossil Museum at 252-322-4238.

The Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 48, and the DAV Auxiliary, Unit 48, will sponsor a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday at Veterans Memorial Park on East Third Street in Washington. The Rev. Frank Huffman, a Disabled American Veteran chaplain, will be the guest speaker.

The service will be a tribute to U.S. military personnel who were killed or died during wars in which the United States fought, veterans, current military personnel and POWs/MIAs, said organizer Melba Sayers with DAV Auxiliary, Unit 48.

“We wouldn’t be free if it weren’t for them,” Sayers said.

In the event of rain, the service will be held at the Washington Assembly of God Church, 2029 W. Fifth St.

For more information, contact Sayers at 252-946-7427.

Cypress Landing will have a parade along Clubhouse Drive beginning at 10 a.m. Monday. Seven World War II veterans will ride in antique cars. The parade will also include the Washington High School JROTC, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and area clubs.

The parade will end at the Bay Club, followed by a ceremony to include a prayer, reading of a poem and a rendition of “Taps,”​ said Pat Quarnstrom, one of the event’s organizers.

She said it is important to recognize veterans on Memorial Day “to honor people who served our country and made our good life possible.”

Vietnam veteran Ken Lewis still remembers the time he took his 6-year-old granddaughter, Katie, to a memorial service to honor veterans at the National Cemetery at New Bern. After the service, Katie walked up to a Marine in uniform, shook his hand and said, “Thank you for your service.”

“I don’t know who was crying more, me or the Marine,” said Lewis, president of the New Bern chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Located at 1711 National Ave., the National Cemetery at New Bern is the nearest of North Carolina’s four national cemeteries. The VVA will hold a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. in the National Cemetery’s Interment Building.

For more information, call Lewis at 252-229-1045.​