Charlotte area Memorial Day events

There are a variety of Memorial Day celebration scheduled in the Charlotte area.
There are a variety of Memorial Day celebration scheduled in the Charlotte area.

Patriot Festival Go The Extra Mile 5K

SouthPark’s Symphony Park will host its annual 5K Race Monday. Participants can register for the traditional 5K or for the Go The Extra Mile race, which has an additional mile to honor veterans. An awards ceremony and festival follow the races. The park is at 4400 Sharon Road. For details and registration: www.patriotcharities.org.

Huntersville Memorial Day Celebration

Birkdale Village will hold its annual Memorial Day celebration that starts at 7 p.m. Monday. The celebration will include performances by Central Piedmont Community College’s Chorus, a flag-folding ceremony by North Mecklenburg High School’s Junior ROTC, and more. Joseph Reale, senior commander for American Legion Post 321, will speak as the honored guest. Details: www.charlotteonthecheap.com.

Gaston County Veterans Council event

Gaston Memorial Park and Carothers Funeral Homes will host their annual Memorial Day program, presented by the Gaston County Veterans Council at 10 a.m. Monday. It will include a performance by the Gaston Symphonic Band with ice cream for all veterans and their families at 1200 S. New Hope Road, and an open house at the American Military Museum located at 109 W. Second Ave. Details visit: www.dignitymemorial.com.

Lake Park Memorial Day Ceremony

Lake Park in Union County will host its second annual Memorial Day ceremony 11 a.m. to noon Monday at Veterans Pond, 3708 Faith Church Road. Jason Braase of the Wounded Warrior Project will be this year’s keynote speaker. A presentation of colors will be performed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2423 Color Guard. Details: www.members.unioncountycoc.com.

Kannapolis Parade of Veterans

The Parade of Veterans will kick off Kannapolis’ Memorial Day ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Monday, beginning at the corner of Laureate Way and Main Street, ending at Veterans Park. The event is hosted by the Beaver-Pittman American Legion Post 115. Norris Dearmon of the Kannapolis Historical Committee will be the guest speaker. Details: 704-920-4311.

If you have a Memorial Day event you’d like to include, email reporter Sara Carson at scarson@charlotteobserver.com.