Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony May 25th

SMITHFIELD – Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those men and women who have died while serving in our nation’s military – a day to remember their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their families for our nation’s freedom.

The Johnston County Council of Veterans Organizations is sponsoring a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 25th in Smithfield. Due to COVID-19, the event will be live streamed on Facebook beginning at 11:00am from inside the Johnston County Courthouse Atrium.  The ceremony can be viewed at www.facebook.com/jocogovNC or www.facebook.com/jocoveteranscouncil.

The guest speaker will be US Army Retired Lieutenant Colonel Simms Anderson.

Memorial Day is traced back to the mid-1800’s when spontaneous gatherings took place to honor the war dead after the Civil War.  It was originally called Decoration Day in 1868.  On May 26, 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed a Presidential Proclamation naming Waterloo, NY, as the birthplace of Memorial Day.  Congress adopted Memorial Day as a federal holiday with the National Holiday Act of 1971 establishing the holiday as the last Monday in May.