Of Memorial Day in Beaufort, the meaning, events and a parade (update: Packet chimes in)

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Flags adorn more than 17,000 graves at the Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort.

Update May 30: Following up briefly on the last post, and The Island Packet has issued in their newspaper a well-written editorial praising all those who have fought to defend our freedom over the years.

You can check that out here.

First reporting: The Memorial Day weekend is hear and as we welcome the warm weather and day off, it's also a moment to remember what the holiday is all about.

And nearly 600 school children did just that when they visited the Beaufort National Cemetery to place flags on the some 17,000 headstones. 

WTOC 11 visited the cemetery and has a nice video report; check it out here.

And, of course, Memorial Day events have been planned for the Beaufort area on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30:

The annual parade will wind through downtown Beaufort starting at 10 a.m. following the path of down Boundary to Carteret to Bay streets and ending near the Beaufort National Cemetery on Bladen Street.

Then at noon local former Army lieutenant colonel Joseph Walker Jr. will speak at the cemetery. 

Then the annual W. Brown Marshel Memorial Day Picnic will be held at 1814 Greene Street from 1 to 4 p.m.

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