This Monday, May 30, 2011, is Memorial Day, a day set aside each year to remember those men and women who have lost their lives in service of our country. If you're looking for a way to celebrate the occassion, here are a few Memorial Day events happening in Charlotte NC:
Sunday, May 29, 2011
US National Whitewater Center (5000 Whitewater Center Parkway) - Begins at 3pm. This free event features live music from Trampled by Turtles (a combo of bluegrass and folk music), The Apache Relay (indie music sensation) and American Aquarium (Raleigh's own alt-country band with a bit of rock & roll thrown in).
Monday, May 30, 2011
Patriot Festival, Symphony Park at SouthPark (4400 Sharon Rd) - From 9am to 5pm. For just $10 per person ages 6 and older, $5 per military service member (with ID) and free to kids under 6, enjoy live music, military exhibitions, a rib competition and picnic, a 5K run in honor of wounded military members and a special tribute to our troops that ends with an honor salute and playing of Taps.
Forest Lawn Cemetery (4601 Freedom Dr) - At 11am, there will be a salute and tribute to veterans we lost as well as others in attendance.
Huntersville Memorial Day Celebration (Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm, Huntersville, NC) - At 6:30pm, the North Mecklenberg High School Junior ROTC Cadets will hold a special flag folding presentation. Additionally, special guest speaker retired USMC Captain Lee Sargent a Vietnam Veteran will be on hand along with Mayor Jill Swain, the Huntersville Police Department's Honor Guard, local boy scouts and American Legion Post 321. This event is free to the public.
No matter which Memorial Day event in Charlotte NC you choose to attend, make sure to thank any military service member you see for all they do to serve our country. They are real American heroes and should be treated as such. Happy Memorial Day, everyone!