Memorial Day 2019: Cornelius, Lake Norman Events

Memorial Day 2019: Cornelius, Lake Norman Events

The Town of Cornelius will hold its annual Memorial Day Program Monday on the Town Hall Lawn. Here’s a list of other events in our area.

Memorial Day 2019: Cornelius, Lake Norman Events
The Town of Cornelius will hold its annual Memorial Day Program Monday on the Town Hall Lawn. (Shutterstock)

CORNELIUS, NC — If you are looking for ways to show your gratitude to the women and men who’ve lost their lives while defending our country, then you have plenty of opportunities to do so in the Charlotte and Lake Norman region this year.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day and originated in the years following the Civil War. It became an official federal holiday in 1971, and many Americans observe it by visiting cemeteries or memorials, at family gatherings and by participating in parades. It marks the unofficial beginning of summer.

Here is a list of Memorial Day events in Cornelius and the Lake Norman region leading up to Monday, May 27, 2019:

The Town of Cornelius is holding its annual Memorial Day Program on Monday, May 27 on the Cornelius Town Hall Lawn, located at 21445 Catawba Avenue.

Here’s what the Town of Cornelius says about the event and this year’s speakers: “Join the Town and American Legion Post 86 as we honor our nation’s servicemen and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. This is a beautiful ceremony that is held annually at the Cornelius Veteran’s Monument at Rotary Plaza. Bring the family out to enjoy coffee and donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts and enjoy one of Cornelius’ most treasured programs.

This year’s speakers will include Commander Gene McKinney, American Legion Post 86 as master of ceremonies, as well as Cornelius Mayor Woody Washam, Gold Star Mother Susan McClamrock, who will give the keynote address, and Rev. Tom Boone, senior pastor of Bethel Presbyterian Church.

The event will also feature color guards from American Legion Post 86, William A. Hough High School, and Hopewell High School JROTC; POW/MIA Empty Chair and Wreath of Remembrance Ceremonies; patriotic music by the Mooresville Senior High School Choir and a 21-gun salute.


  • The annual Field of Flags display returns to the fields of Lowe’s YMCA. The event is sponsored by the Mooresville-Lake Norman Exchange Club and runs May 24 thru May 27, 2018 at the Lowe’s YMCA, located at 170 Joe Knox Avenue. Say organizers: “Hundreds of United States Flags will stand posted in solemn tribute to veterans, active military and to the fallen men and women who have perished on fields of battle.”
  • Memorial Weekend Celebration at Lazy 5 Ranch — Say organizers: “This Memorial Weekend ALL military personnel and their families will get free admission and wagon ride if you choose. We are open regular hours all weekend. Please keep in mind that we do not have wagon rides if the temperature (including the real feel) reaches 94 degrees. It is supposed to be very hot this weekend so please call ahead before coming for a wagon ride!” May 25- May 27, 2019. Lazy 5 Ranch is located at 15100 Mooresville Road in Mooresville.
  • 4th Annual Camo Up For Vets 5K — This annual 5K race benefits the Welcome Home Veterans charity at Richard’s Coffee Shop, which is located at 165 N. Main Street in Mooresville. The race is Saturday, May 25 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Mooresville Spinners — Baseball is back in downtown Mooresville. The Mooresville Spinners have their opening night baseball game Saturday, May 25, when they take on the High Point Locos. Game is at 7 p.m. at Moor Park, 691 S. Broad Street, Mooresville.
  • Officer Jordan Sheldon Memorial Murph Challenge — Monday, May 27, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m., 807 Williamson Road, Mooresville. Here’s what organizers say about the event: “Let’s celebrate not only the life of Officer Jordan Sheldon, whom our town tragically lost just a couple weeks ago, but to also celebrate all of those service men & women that have given their lives for ours. This is a fun event & open to everyone. There are 3 different heat times, 7:00AM, 8:00AM & 9:00AM. The 1st 100 people will receive a free t-shirt or tank top. Even if you don’t want to compete, please come out & cheer everyone else on. ALL proceeds will be donated to the Officer Jordan Sheldon Fund with the MPD. Sign up now & lets give back to our beautiful community.”

The Town of Huntersville is holding its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. at Veterans Park, located at 201 Huntersville-Concord Road. Here’s what the Town of Huntersville says about the event: “This ceremony will join American Legion Post 321 with many local organizations and schools for a 30-45 minute ceremony. Please bring your lawn chairs for the ceremony. The American Legion Post 321 will be open for coffee and restrooms before, during and after the event.”


  • Mark the Memorial Day weekend by getting your groove on at Circle K Speed Street. Music and NASCAR converge in this annual festival that takes over the streets of Uptown Charlotte. Find the schedule of performances here.
  • The U.S. National Whitewater Center is hosting its annual Memorial Day celebration, which kicks off with a 9 a.m. Memorial Day Trail Race, followed by yoga sessions, performances and fireworks. Find more information about the weekend’s activities here.
  • Carowinds hosts Military Days, where active, inactive or retired service men and women can get free park admission with a valid military ID card. The event runs Sunday, May 27 through Monday, May 28, as well as Monday, July 2 through Sunday, July 8, 2018.

From the Cornelis Patch
By Kimberly Johnson | May 22, 2019 2:07 pm ET 

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