More than a celebration of summer, Memorial Day is intended as a time of reflection for those who laid down their lives in the nation’s military service. Opportunities to participate in special ceremonies will be offered throughout the weekend and all around the county.
The largest program, the Town of Leesburg’s Memorial Day Observance, will be held Monday on the Loudoun County Courthouse grounds starting at 10 a.m. Veterans, active duty military, their families and members of the public are encouraged to attend.
This year’s featured speaker is John Kimball, who began his military service in 1967 and was wounded in a grenade attack at the height of the Battle of Khe Sanh. Following Kimball’s remarks, wreaths will be laid at each of the war memorials in the courthouse square.
There are a number of other ceremonies planned.
Memorial Day morning kicks off at 7:40 a.m. with the Ringing in Hope: A Salute to Our Troops 10K, 5K and fun run at One Loudoun in Ashburn. The event raises money to support Boulder Crest Retreat, the Bluemont center that supports the physical, emotional, spiritual, and economic wellbeing of our nation’s military, veterans, first responders, and their family members. Also, near One Loudoun along Rt. 7, the Rotary Club of Ashburn will display 100 American flags and plans a 10 a.m. ceremony.
At noon Monday, the Leesburg-Daybreak Rotary Club will hold a celebration of its Flags for Heroes display at Leesburg’s Freedom Park, honoring more than 200 individuals who have served in the military or provided special inspiration.
Starting at 5 p.m. Monday, the Friends of Ball’s Bluff will lead a ceremony at the Ball’s Bluff Battlefield and National Cemetery, the burial place of 55 Union soldiers. The park is located at the end of Ball’s Bluff Road NE in Leesburg.
Loudoun’s towns also have special events on tap.
In Round Hill, Saturday’s Hometown Festival includes a memorial ceremony and wreath-laying in the Town Park starting at 10:45 a.m.
Lovettsville will hold its Mayfest celebration on Saturday and also plans a formal Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Monday in the Town Square.
Purcellville’s Memorial Day ceremony begins at Town Hall at 11:45 a.m. and continues with a wreath laying at the flag at the teardrop intersection of 20th and Main streets.
In Hillsboro, a service will be held at 10 a.m. for residents to view the graves of military veterans marked by flags and to share memories of loved ones.
Monday also is Hamilton Day, and the town has a full day of events planned, including a parade and activities at Hamilton Park.