Memorial Day services set

Published 8:50 pm Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Frances and Kermit Kelley place a wreath at the World War II monument near the entrance to Cedar Hill Cemetery during the Memorial Day ceremony there last year.

Frances and Kermit Kelley place a wreath at the World War II monument near the entrance to Cedar Hill Cemetery during the Memorial Day ceremony there last year.

A number of Memorial Day services are planned this weekend to honor and remember fallen service members.

The first service will take place Saturday at Cedar Hill Cemetery’s Confederate monument, where the Suffolk chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will pause to remember soldiers who died in the Civil War. The theme will be how people mourned in the 19th century.

Then on Monday, three services will take place across the city.

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At the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, the proceedings begin at 10 a.m. Mayor Linda T. Johnson will bring the welcome, and Gerald Rhoads of the American Legion Nansemond Post 88 will be the veteran guest speaker.

The keynote speaker will be Rear Admiral Mark A. Handley of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command.

The service also will include the presentation of the colors by the U.S. Coast Guard, a roll call of veterans, the playing of “Taps” and placing of wreaths at the committal shelter.

“Come out and support the veterans on Memorial Day,” said Susan Ulrich, burial operations manager at the Horton cemetery.

In addition, the Norman R. Matthews Post 57 of the American Legion will host a ceremony at Cedar Hill Cemetery at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Air Force Lt. Col. Jennifer Romero.

Carver Cemetery, 2320 E. Washington St., also will host a service, open to the public, from 11 a.m. to noon. The speaker will be Bishop Ted Thomas Sr.