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Wilson to mark Memorial Day at courthouse

Posted on May 23, 2022

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Wilson’s outdoor Memorial Day service is returing this year. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, in the Wilson County Courthouse plaza at the corner of Nash and Goldsboro streets.

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Wilson’s outdoor Memorial Day service is returing this year. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, in the Wilson County Courthouse plaza at the corner of Nash and Goldsboro streets.

The Wilson Committee on Patriotism is planning its first in-person Memorial Day ceremony in three years.

Barring rain, the event will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, in the Wilson County Courthouse plaza at the corner of Nash and Goldsboro streets.

In case of rain, the ceremony will be moved into Wilson City Hall, 112 Goldsboro St. E., in the third-floor City Council chambers. The public is welcome to attend at either location.

“We showed in November that we could gather safely for Veterans Day and honor our servicemen and women,” said committee Chairman Ray Chambers. “We are hopeful to have a good crowd to remember those from our county who have sacrificed for our country.”

State Rep. Linda Cooper-Suggs, D-Wilson, has been invited to give the keynote speech. The New Hope Elementary School chorus under the direction of music teacher Tara Woodard will perform several songs. Torry Winston-Sanders of Wilson Chapel Free Will Baptist Church will sing the national anthem.

The observance will also include flag ceremonies involving the Junior ROTCs of Beddingfield, Hunt and Fike high schools; a welcome by Wilson Mayor Carlton Stevens; a POW/MIA service; placing of a wreath in honor of the county’s war dead; and prayers by James A. Faison, the committee’s chaplain.

The ceremony concludes with a rifle volley salute and the playing of taps.

Afterward, the audience is invited to enjoy a free hot dog lunch. Tickets will be given out at the event.

The Committee on Patriotism has held Memorial Day and Veterans Day services every year during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the 2020 events and last year’s Memorial Day service were all held with small in-person audiences and were broadcast live on television and streamed online.

If the ceremony is held on the courthouse plaza, it will be recorded and broadcast on the city’s Channel 8 on Greenlight and other cable systems. It also will be streamed live online and available to be replayed later; visit WilsonNC.org for links.

If the service held in the council chambers, it will be broadcast live on the city’s channel and online. Visit the city’s Facebook page or website for links that day.

Memorial Day is a city holiday. All offices, including the customer service center, will be closed Monday, May 30. Monday’s garbage and recycling routes will be collected Tuesday, May 31; Tuesday routes will be run Wednesday, June 1. No special pickups are scheduled that week.

Wilson’s Ride transit service will operate on a normal schedule. All city emergency services will be fully staffed during the holiday weekend.

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