City officials will sign a Community Covenant pledging to support American service members and their families during the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
This year’s Memorial Day observance will begin at 9 a.m. (please note new time) Monday, May 31, in the coliseum atrium. The ceremony is sponsored by the Triad Vietnam Veterans Association in partnership with the city of Winston-Salem.
Originally established for the United States Army, the Community Covenant is a formal affirmation of support by state and local communities to all service members and their families. Since the program’s inception, more than 450 communities have signed covenants. The signed covenant will be put on display in the atrium.
City employees who have served in the military recently will be recognized during the ceremony. There also will be a display of military vehicles and memorabilia from the North Carolina Army National Guard and the Winston-Salem Fire Department.
Charles Claybourne, chairman of the Forsyth County Veterans Council and commander of American Veterans Post 777, will be this year’s guest speaker. A roll of the names of all the Forsyth County servicemen killed in action will be read after his remarks, followed by a 21-gun salute by the Winston-Salem Police Department Honor Guard.
Walt Emery, the vice-president of the Triad Vietnam Veterans Association, said, "We extend an invitation to everyone. We need to take a few minutes to remember the friends and loved ones who gave their lives for our country, and remember our men and women in the armed forces today as the fight for freedom is still on-going."
For more information call Walt Emery of the Triad Vietnam Veterans Association at 766-8087 or City Link at 727-8000.