Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery

Veterans' graves at the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery and five other cemeteries across the county will be marked with flags Saturday when the Wayne County Veterans and Patriots Coalition sponsors its annual Memorial Day Breakfast and Flags In ceremony.

Approximately 5,000 small U.S. flags will be placed on the graves of veterans in six Wayne County cemeteries this Saturday when the Wayne County Veterans and Patriots Coalition sponsors its annual Memorial Day Breakfast and Flags In ceremony.

Breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. at Goldsboro Elks Lodge BPOE No. 139, 105 E. Chestnut St., followed by a short honors ceremony and distribution of flags to cemetery team leaders.

Volunteers prepare for Memorial Day

Volunteers work at American Legion Post 11 on Monday afternoon preparing the small U.S. flags that will be placed on the graves of veterans in six Wayne County cemeteries on Saturday when the Wayne County Veterans and Patriots Coalition sponsors its annual Memorial Day Breakfast and Flags In ceremony. From left are Laura Snell, Post 11 Commander Ron Medus, Bill and Anne Boyd, and Bill Graham, Wayne County Veterans and Patriots Coalition CEO.

Flags will be placed at the Eastern Carolina State Veterans Cemetery and Wayne Memorial Park, Wayne Memorial Park North, Willowdale, Elmwood and Evergreen cemeteries. The flags will stay up through Memorial Day.

There will not be any services on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.

That observance normally includes a morning program at Wayne Community College and an afternoon service at the Wayne County Veterans Memorial to observe the national moment of silence at 3 p.m.

“We have so many of our people who will not be here for the Monday events, so we are going to have to set them aside and go with the Flags In,” said Bill Graham with the Wayne County Veterans and Patriots Coalition. “Because of that, we would like to get as many people at the Elks Lodge that we can possibly get. We do ask all veterans and civilians, too, to take aside that moment at 3 o’clock p.m. Monday and just say a silent prayer or at least bow your head and observe that moment of silence.

“It is a public event communitywide. Anyone who would like to be a part of it can come out and be a part of it, enjoy breakfast with us, go out to the cemetery and place flags on the graves. Usually we have all cemeteries covered and are back by about 11 a.m. or so. Anyone who would like to come out and be a part of it is more than welcome.”

Team leaders are still needed at Wayne Memorial Park and Evergreen to take charge of getting the flags out to the others who show up, Graham said.

“Our motto is ‘to honor those who have borne the battle,’” he said.

Sponsors for the event are Burger King, McDonald’s, Food Lion, Krispy Kreme and Hardee’s. They are providing the breakfast, Graham said.

For more information, call Graham at 919-394-2200 or send email to cbwsgraham@gmail.com.