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Triangle Stages Memorial Day Events

Posted May 25, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Although many people use the three-day Memorial weekend as an excuse to head for the beach or mountains, they owe their freedom to do so to the thousands of military personnel -- and other civilians -- who made it possible. On Monday, various events are scheduled across the Triangle to enable the public to gather in memory of those who fought the country's wars and preserved its peace.

9 a.m. - Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Ave.; National Guard landing of Apache helicopter, color guard and wreath laying.

10 a.m. - Hillcrest Cemetery, off 400 block of S. Harrison Ave., Cary); American Legion, Post 67; speakers: Ret. Admiral Stephen Glass and Congressman David Price.

11 a.m. - Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, 3712 Cheek Rd., Durham; speaker: CSN Walter Sams.

11 a.m. - Veterans' Memorial Park at Carolina Biblical Gardens on Creech Road; ceremony sponsored by American Legion Post 157.

11:30 a.m. - Capitol Square, downtown Raleigh; Triangle Detachment of the Marine Corps League will stage a ceremony; Congressman David Price will speak.

6 p.m. - Maplewood Cemetery, 1621 Duke University Rd., Durham; ceremony sponsored by American Legion Post 7; speaker will be Vietnam War veteran Larry Stogner.

On the national level, at 3 p.m. Eastern time, Americans are being asked to take moment to remember our war dead.

The group No Greater Love calls it a "Nationwide Moment of Remembrance." It will be marked by the playing of "Taps" across the country, followed by a moment of silence.

No Greater Love founder Carmella LaSpada says she wants to put the "memorial" back into Memorial Day. She says too often, Memorial Day is seen as just a day off work, rather than a day to remember those who gave their lives so the rest of us could be free.

LaSpada says baseball stadiums, race tracks, casinos, airports and retailers are among those who have agreed to the moment of silence. And Amtrak's 200 passenger trains will sound their horns.

In honor of the holiday, the following area locations will be closed Monday: post office; federal, state and county offices; city offices except Durham's, which will be open; and banks. Parks and landfills will be open, as will most stores. Libraries will be closed.

To handle a Hurricane Fran make-up day, Chapel Hill-Carrboro public schools will be open. Public schools in Durham, Johnston, Wake and the rest of Orange County will be closed.