Lexington Cemetery, Camp Nelson among places observing Memorial Day

clove@herald-leader.comMay 24, 2013 

Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County is part of the Camp Nelson Historical and Archaeological District that on Monday was named a national historic landmark.

Lexington Cemetery will hold a Memorial Day observance at 11 a.m. Monday to honor those who have died in military service.

The ceremony is held annually, and is done in partnership with Lexington National Cemetery, which is inside the front gate of Lexington Cemetery.

"The Lexington National Cemetery is as old as Memorial Day itself —dating to the post-Civil War years when The Lexington Cemetery set aside an area for the Civil War dead," said Mark C. Durbin, president and general manager. "It is still important that we recognize and remember those who've made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives to protect our safety, values and way of life."

The program will include events such as presentation of colors, playing of taps and a 3-volley salute.

The event is open to the public.

Here are other Memorial Day observances Monday:

■ Greenup County, 10 a.m., Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Northeast. East Carter High School Junior ROTC will place wreaths and post and retire the colors and Boyd County Schools band members will perform "Echo Taps."

■ Hazard, 11 a.m., City Hall. Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center residents will attend the Memorial Day ceremony. At 2 p.m. there will be a wreath dedication at the center, followed by a 21-gun salute, as well as a last roll call for residents that died in the last year.

■ Nicholasville, 11 a.m., Camp Nelson National Cemetery. There will be performances by the West Jessamine High School band and a cannon salute from the Camp Nelson Honor Guard.

■ Williamstown, 1 p.m., Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North. Wreaths will be placed by family members of those interred and Grant County Honor Guard will post the colors.

■ Wilmore, 10:30 a.m., Thomson-Hood Veterans Center. Guest speaker will be Pat Whitt, who served in the Army in the Vietnam era. A slide show and the lighting of candles will honor residents. The service will be concluded with the playing of taps.

Holiday closings

Here is how Lexington services are affected Monday by Memorial Day:

Fayette County Health Department: Closed.

Lexington city government: Closed.

Trash collection: Those who normally have Monday collection will have service on Wednesday.

State government: Closed.

Libraries: Closed.

Lextran: Sunday schedule.

Mail: No delivery.

Federal courts: Closed

Circuit court: Closed

District court: No court, but open for bonds and fine payment.

Herald-Leader business offices: Closed. For delivery issues, call 1-800-999-8881.

Cameron Love: (859) 231-1424. Twitter: @heraldleader

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