WHERE TO HONOR THE FALLEN ON MEMORIAL DAY IN THE CHARLOTTE REGION
"And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier's tomb, and beauty weeps the brave."
... Joseph Rodman Drake
So many people just think of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend as the official start of the summer season... but let's not forget the real meaning and reason behind Memorial Day. Memorial Day exists for us to honor and celebrate the men and women who died while serving in the U. S. military. More information about the history of Memorial Day, click here.
DID YOU KNOW that each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time?
“America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels.”
... Claudia Pemberton
In the Charlotte region, we have a number of venues to honor our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, May 30, 2022. So why not begin your Memorial Day by honoring those who sacrificed their lives so that we can enjoy our upcoming summer.
"There is nothing nobler than risking your life for your country."
... Nick Lampson
Waxhaw Memorial Ceremony: each year, the Town of Waxhaw honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country with a memorial ceremony held at the Military Wall of Honor in downtown Waxhaw at 10:00 AM.
Matthews Memorial Ceremony: the Town of Matthews will honor those who died in service to our nation at 11:00 AM at Matthews Veterans Memorial Park at 120 South Trade Street.
- Huntersville Memorial Day Ceremony: the Town of Huntersville and American Legion Post 321 will honor the fallen at its 21st Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 11:00 AM at Veteran's Park in Downtown Huntersville at Main and Maxwell.
Fort Mill Memorial Day Honor Run: Fort Mill, South Carolina will honor our nation's fallen military heroes with its annual Memorial Day Remembrance Run in collaboration with Team Red, White & Blue (RWB Charlotte Chapter). The Honor Run will begin at 7:45 AM and you have a choice of 1, 4, or 6 mile routes. Check in between 7:00 and 7:30 AM at the RWB Tent at Walter Elisha Park at 345 North White Street in Fort Mill.
Fort Mill will also honor the fallen with a Memorial Day ceremony at Unity Cemetery at 303 Tom Hall Street at 10:30 AM. Welcome and introductory message from Fort Mill Mayor will be followed by a ceremonial program from American Legion Post 43, including the Posting of Colors, Laying of the Wreath, Rifle Volley and Taps and Retirement of Colors.
Kings Mountain Memorial Day Observance: the observance and wreath laying ceremony will be held at 10:00 AM at Mountain Rest Cemetery at 111 South Drilling Street.
Cornelius Memorial Day Observance: the Town of Cornelius and American Legion Post 86 will honor the fallen on the lawn across from the Cornelius Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza at 10:30 AM. The ceremony will include an honor guard, Empty Chair and Wreath of Remembrance ceremonies, a 21 gun salute, patriotic music and more.
"I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did."
... Benjamin Harrison