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May 24, 2012|Heather Butterworth | WDBJ7 Digital Intern

Friday, May 25- Sunday, May 28. Roanoke.

Memorial Day Events at Elm Park Estates retirement community. There will be a reception honoring veteran wives Friday at 2 p.m. On Saturday at 12:30 p.m., there will be a “bring a friend” meal. Enjoy a picnic on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. RSVP by calling 540-989-2010. Elm Park Estates is located at 4230 Elm View Road in Roanoke.

Saturday, May 26. Vinton.

Gathering of World War II Veterans at William Byrd High School. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See World War II artifacts and watch a radio-controlled aircraft demonstration. There will be a special ceremony at 3:30 p.m. in honor of fallen heroes. Free admission and parking. 

Saturday, May 26. Bedford.

Moonlight Serenade at the National D-Day Memorial. Early concert starts at 7 p.m. The Jefferson Choral Society will perform patriotic tunes at 8 p.m. Visitors are asked to bring their own chairs. Tickets are $7 in advance for adults and $10 at the door. For children ages 6-18 and college students with a valid I.D., tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Children under 6 are free. Tickets are on sale now, and can be bought here. For more information, call 540-633-0081.


Monday, May 28. Rocky Mount.

Christian Heritage Academy will host its 24th Annual Heritage Classic 5K Road Race. Registration is $25, and the money can be given here or in person by 9 a.m. Monday. All skill levels and ages are welcome, but the course is tough and steep. Money raised from this race will be used for tuition scholarships and other expenses for Christian Heritage Academy.

Monday, May 28. Roanoke.

Memorial Day 1864 Living History Camp at Lotz Funeral Home. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Civil war re-enactors from 60th Virginia Infantry Co. K will re-create Memorial Day 1864 with battle stories and period military equipment. Free. 1001 Franklin Road SW, Roanoke. For more information, call 540-982-1001.

Monday, May 28. Dublin.

Memorial Day ceremony at Southwest Virginia Veterans Ceremony. Starts at 10 a.m. First Sergeant Mike Honaker will speak, and then there will be a wreath laying ceremony to honor Virginia’s veterans. American flags will be placed on all of the gravesites. The cemetery is located at 5550 Bagging Road in Dublin. Free.

Monday, May 28. Roanoke.

Annual Memorial Day Service at Lee Plaza on Church Avenue and Second Street Southwest. Starts at 10 a.m. Free.

Monday, May 28. Christiansburg.

Memorial Day Program at Sunset Cemetery on South Franklin Street. Starts at 6:30 p.m.  The ceremony is held by American Legion Post 59 and VFW Post 5311. For more information, call 540-268-5951.

Monday, May 28. Bedford.

“Remembering Their Sacrifice” at the National D-Day Memorial. Starts at 11 a.m. The Bonsack Baptist adult choir will perform, and a plaque honoring World War II flight nurses will be dedicated. The ceremony will include wreath laying, guest speakers, music and a Marine Corps Color Guard. Free until noon. For more information, call 540-586-3329 or go here.

Monday, May 28. Radford.

14th Annual Memorial Day Service at Bisset Park Gazebo. Starts at 11 a.m. Listen to music and watch a 21-gun salute in a military ceremony that honors veterans and Radford servicemen. A “field of crosses” will pay tribute to 59 fallen heroes from Radford. Speakers include veterans, current servicemen, Mayor Bruce Brown and local pastor Don Shelor. Free. For those who can’t make it, the service will be broadcast live on WRAD, AM 1460. For more information, call 540-633-0081.

Monday, May 28. Powhatan County.

32nd Annual Huguenot Springs Cemetery Memorial Day Service—Starts at 2 p.m. Listen to bagpipe music by Virginia Scots Guards and an address by Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Mr. R. Michael Givens. After that, there will be a gun salute and refreshments. Huguenot Springs Road south of Robious Road and west of State Route 288 in Powhatan County. Free. For more information, call 804-356-8868 or 804-740-1405.

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