Memorial Day Events On Tap

Posted: May 22, 2014

HARRISONBURG — Proof that endless ways exist to honor veterans will come this weekend as communities and organizations around the central Valley have Memorial Day ceremonies to offer.

Among local towns, Shenandoah takes the lead in celebrating Memorial Day, making a two-day event out of it Friday and Saturday.

Most celebrations in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County are scheduled on Memorial Day itself.

Friday’s events in Shenandoah include a spring carnival from 4 to 6 p.m. at Shenandoah Elementary, 529 Fourth St., and a cruise-in featuring classic cars, trucks and motorcycles on First Street from 6 to 9 p.m.

Local Boy Scouts will host an American flag retirement ceremony for torn flags at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Park on Virginia Avenue, serving as a lead-in to more than 12 hours of activities Saturday.

The day’s events start at 8 a.m. and include a service geared toward fallen veterans, including those from Virginia in the past year, at 9 a.m. at the VFW, at 1103 Varina Ave.

Richmond-area rapper and music producer Lenny Holmes will perform at the ceremony. He’s worked with artists such as Janet Jackson and Destiny’s Child, assistant town manager Juanita Roudabush said.

“It’s something different,” she said.

A parade is planned for 3 p.m. Stanley native Ronald “Relic” Comer, a Korean War veteran, will serve as grand marshal, Roudabush said.

Saturday closes with seven “Military Night” races at Shenandoah Speedway, starting at 7 p.m.

“You don’t get to go home all day,” Roudabush said.

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At 9:15 a.m. Monday in Harrisonburg, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Turner Ashby Chapter No. 162, will host its annual service in the Confederate section of Woodbine Cemetery, at the intersection of East Market and Reservoir streets.

At 9:45 a.m., the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a ceremony in Woodbine, followed by a tribute at 10 a.m. in the “Little Arlington” section, hosted by Harrisonburg VFW Post 632.

The memorials shift to South High Street at 11 a.m., where a firing of the World War I cannon near James Madison University’s Memorial Hall is planned.

At the same time, a ceremony is planned outside Grottoes town hall, 601 Dogwood Ave., to include the reading of veterans’ names. Refreshments will be available afterward.

The Broadway-Timberville Ruritan Club will also hold a service Monday morning at Broadway High School, though details could not immediately be confirmed Wednesday.

Capping off the day is the Steve Wingfield Evangelistic Association/Victory Weekend Memorial Day Celebration from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds.

A classic car show, BMX stunt team, children’s programs, music from out-of-state groups, including bluegrass group The Roys of Nashville, and more is planned, while a tribute to veterans, active duty personnel and local first responders is also a feature.

All the day’s events at the fairgrounds are free, while food is available for purchase. Visit for more information.

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