Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, Americans are invited to join fellow patriotic citizens and Veterans in remembering and saluting those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in military service. Traditionally, multiple generations of families attend their favorite observance ceremony annually to pay respects to men and women who died in military service to the nation.

 

THE LEXINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
833 West Main Street, Lexington KY 40508 | (859) 255-5522 | www.lexcem.org

The annual observance includes presentation of The Colors, invocation, wreath-laying, remarks by featured speaker, benediction, harmonica and vocal rendition of Amazing Grace, bugler playing “Taps,” and a 3-volley salute by a uniformed rifle team. Participants traditionally include the members of American Legion Man O’ War Post No. 8 and its Ladies Auxiliary. 

Speakers at the Lexington National Cemetery Memorial Day Observance since 2001 have been:
 

2013
Mayor Jim Gray, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government


2012
Robert G. Yerks Lieutenant General USA (Ret.)

2011
Steve Parker, COL USAF (Ret.)

Video:
Presentation of Colors / Invocation
Memorial Day Remarks
Placing of the Wreath/Taps/Amazing Grace/Rifle Team/Taps

2010
Bob Kovacic, LTC USA (Ret.)

Video:
Presentation of the Colors
Invocation
Memorial Day Observance Part 1
Memorial Day Observance Part 2
Placing of the Wreath/Taps/Amazing Grace/Rifle Team/Taps

2009
Deputy Commissioner Margaret Plattner, LCDR USN (Ret.)
Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs

Video:
Presentation of the Colors
Welcome/Invocation
Memorial Day Remarks
Placing of the Wreath/Taps/Amazing Grace/Rifle Team/Taps

2008
Mayor Jim Newberry
Lexington Fayette Urban County Government

Video
Presentation of the Colors
Invocation/Welcome
Memorial Day Remarks
Placing of the Wreath/Amazing Grace
Rifle Team/Taps

2007
MG Charles E. Gorton USAR, COMMANDING GENERAL
81st Regional Readiness Sustainment Command
Fort Jackson, South Carolina  

Video
Presentation of the Colors
Invocation/Welcome
Memorial Day Remarks
Placing of the Wreath/Amazing Grace
Rifle Team/Taps

2006
Lieutenant Colonel Steve Logan, USAR Military Police

2005
Bruce Pieratt, BG KYANG (Ret.)

Mayor Teresa Isaac  
Lexington Fayette Urban County Government

2004
U.S. Representative A.B. (Ben) Chandler  

2003
Major General William E. Barron

2002
Forest Farley, Director of the Lexington VA Medical Center  

2001
U.S. Representative Ernie Fletcher 

 


CAMP NELSON NATIONAL CEMETERY
6980 Danville Road, Nicholasville, KY 40356 | (859) 885-5727

Music, invocation, presentation of The Colors, National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, Guest Speaker, placing of a wreath, benediction, rifle salute, canon salute, Taps, God Bless America. Participants traditionally include the West Jessamine High School Band; Camp Nelson Honor Guard, A Company, 1st Regiment, Camp One; US Army Cadet Corps; Blue Star Mothers of Lexington; Caswell Saufley Honor Guard, American Legion, Post 18, Stanford, KY; Central Kentucky Veterans Committee.