From raising flags to laying wreaths, groups across Catawba County will be marking Memorial Day with tributes to those who have died in military service. All events are free.

Maiden exhibit

When: Today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Paul J. Klutz MD Memorial Library & Education Center , Maiden

What: Exhibit featuring materials related to service members from Maiden who died in conflicts ranging from World War I to the Vietnam War. Gary Freeze, author of “The Catawbans,” will be giving a presentation on the impact of World War II on Maiden and Catawba County. 

Hickory High School flag-raising ceremony

When: Friday at 10:35 a.m.

Where: Hickory High School, 1234 Third St. NE

What: The flag-raising ceremony will also feature remarks from Hickory High senior and JROTC cadet Steven Swink.

Visitor parking will be available in the Viewmont Baptist Church lot across from the school. Handicapped parking will be located in the school parking lot near the flagpole.

American Legion Post 544 flag ceremony

When: Saturday at 9 a.m.

Where: Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, 3120 Falling Creek Road

What: The ceremony will include placement of flags on veterans’ graves, a gun salute and patriotic music.

Memorial Day ceremony by American Legion Posts 16 and 48

When: Sunday at 2 p.m.

Where: Eastview Cemetery, 23  S. Brady Avenue

What:  The event will feature the Bandys High School JROTC, Newton-Conover High School JROTC, a wreath-laying ceremony and remarks from Post 48 Adjutant Bill Richard.

Claremont Memorial Day service

When: Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Ceremony will begin at the Claremont Fire Department located at 2850 Fire House Lane and then move to Claremont City Park at 3384 East Main St.

What: The event will feature remarks from Mayor Shawn Brown and U.S. Navy Capt. Harvey Gannon, presentation of the colors by the Bunker Hill High School JROTC, music by Catawba Valley Brass Quintet and a wreath-laying ceremony.

American Legion Post 240 Memorial Day service

When:  Monday at 10 a.m.

Where: Veterans Memorial Wall in downtown Maiden

What: The event will feature reading of the names of Maiden residents who died in the service and remarks from guest speaker Julie Smith, vice president of the American Legion Auxiliary.

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