King Memorial Day service set for Sunday

KING — A special Memorial Day Service will be held at the Stokes Veterans Memorial located at King Central Park, 302 Kirby Road in King on Sunday beginning at 5 p.m.

“This service will represent a somber day of remembrance for the lives lost in service, and the showing of our appreciation for their honorary sacrifices,” according to information from organizers.

The program is organized by the King American Legion Post #290 and the Stokes County Arts Council.

Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868 when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.

“Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day,” organizers of the King service said. “Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.”

In all, 1.8 million service men and women have given their lives for America since 1775.

The program, which will begin at 4:44 p.m., will include a bagpipe music prelude by Ken Bloom, posting of colors by the American Legion Honor Guard, the Pledge of Allegiance led by Legion Commander Don Holland, an invocation by Rev. Ralph Sproles, and the National Anthem the King Music Center.

Afterward, Mayor Jack Warren will have some opening remarks and introduce guest speaker USAF Brig. General Hoyal Kye (ret.).

After his address, more music will be provided by the King Music Center, followed by the Laying of the Wreath by Holland and Warren. Scheduled next is the playing of Amazing Grace by Bloom on the bagpipes, prayer led by Sproles, a 12-gun volley by the honor guard followed by the playing of Taps by the guard.

Those attending are asked to bring a lawn chair for seating, since there will be no venue seating available.

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