THOMASVILLE — The North Carolina Memorial Day Parade and Celebration Committee plans to observe the holiday on a smaller scale due to the ongoing pandemic.
The committee will host a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, at the NC Vietnam Veterans Memorial rest area on Interstate 85, according to Thomasville City Council member Neal Grimes.
At 9 a.m. on Monday, May 31, there will be an informal gathering of cars downtown in the Clock Tower parking lot. Participants will travel along Memorial Park Drive to Cushwa Stadium parking lot in lieu of the Memorial Day parade developed 36 years ago by the late Hubert Leonard, a former Thomasville mayor who rose through the ranks during a 43-year military career and served as adjutant general of the North Carolina National Guard and as a civilian aide to the US Secretary of the Army.
After parking at Cushwa Stadium parking area on Memorial Park Drive, attendees will walk along Emma Street to Veterans Point, which features a monument, howitzers and 50 American flags.
A 10 a.m. ceremony will include presentation of the new Space Force flag to be displayed with the other service flags. Command Sgt. Maj. Malcomb Calhoun and fellow committee member Jim Little will address the audience and oversee a wreath laying, three-volley rifle salute and taps by the Davidson County Honor Guard.
Little is expected to present local military history research and the committee’s pictorial banners of local service members from all wars who were killed in action. The banners will be placed with the 50 flags along the sidewalk at the original 1991 markers, Grimes said.