Memorial Day Ceremony
Smithfield, NC-- 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 31, 2021 in Smithfield, NC. The ceremony will begin at 11:00am inside the
courthouse. Everyone is invited to attend the ceremony, but for those who prefer or cannot attend,
the event will be streamed on Facebook Live. The ceremony can be viewed at
Social distancing and masks required for in-person attendance.
The guest speaker will be US Army Retired Brigadier General Ray Johnson from Four Oaks, NC.
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.
We encourage all Veterans and citizens of Johnston County to attend this Memorial Day Ceremony
and to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the armed services of the