As Memorial Day approaches, many Onslow residents are planning their itineraries for the three-day weekend.
Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, is a federal holiday honoring all those who died in America’s wars. As the party is on Monday, May 30 this year, the occasion justifies a long weekend.
Living in a military town makes this holiday even more special for locals. Here is a list of Onslow area events to add to your Memorial Day weekend plan.
Remembrance Day Murph
Memorial Day Murph is an extreme training event honoring Lt. Michael Murphy, a Navy Seal who died in the line of duty.
Memorial Day Murph will take place on Saturday, May 28 at Onslow Fitness, located at 1140 Henderson Drive. The event will start at 9 a.m.
“Her story is really awesome,” said Sara Leake of membership service Onslow Fitness. “He, I think they were in Afghanistan, and he separated from his team to get a call from headquarters. He walked away from the protective rocks because he needed to be treated, and he was fighting a group of people and ended up getting that last call to call and help the rest of his team, but he died.”
Leake said the workout will include a one-mile run, which will be run with the Murph flag, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and another one-mile run as fast as possible. She added that many people like to wear vests and/or chest bags.
Leake said the event is open to the public and Onslow Fitness is the official host. They will even read the letter that Murphy sent to his parents.
Memorial Day Celebration
The Jacksonville government will hold its annual Memorial Day celebration on Memorial Day at Lejeune Memorial Gardens.
According to the Jacksonville Government Facebook event, while the event is traditionally held at the Carolina Veterans Cemetery, this year’s celebration will take place at the future site of the Carolina Museum of the Marine at 100 Montford Landing Road.
“This somber celebration honors all those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice,” the event reads.
The event will be hosted by the Military Order of Purple Heart Beirut Memorial Chapter #642, and will be open to the public, as well as broadcast on G10TV.
For more information, call the City of Jacksonville at 910-938-5200.
Remembrance Day Skating
If Memorial Day Murph is too extreme a workout, Roller City of Jacksonville, located at 120 Bridget Lane, will be hosting a Memorial Day Skate during the holidays from 2-8 p.m.
Admission to the rink is $12 and skate rental is $3. Roller City said unlimited pizza will be included with all paid admissions.
Memorial Day Battle of Heroes
Fit4Life Richlands, located at 9009 Richlands Highway, is hosting a free community event, where police, firefighters and military personnel will compete to see who emerges victorious.
The event will take place on Memorial Day from 9-11am and will include vendors, food, raffles, and more. Fit4Life is asking vendors and attendees for the event.
For more information visit Fit4Life Richlands’ Facebook pageor call 910-324-4301.
5K Never Forgotten Memorial Day
Looking for something more intense than roller skating, but not as extreme as The Murph?
Transition Together will be hosting a Memorial Day 5K to “honor this nation’s heroes” at 300 Taylor Notion Road in Swansboro on Saturday, May 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The event will feature a fun one-mile race and registration will be allowed until 7:45 a.m. on race day. The Transition Together website added that fun family activities will be on site.
The event is $30 per person and t-shirts and prizes will be presented. The award classes are Under 18, 18-34, 35-49, and Masters (male and female).
For more information, visit Transition Together’s website.
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