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 or

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.