The long Memorial Day weekend is a time of solemn remembrance of the sacrifices made by members of the U.S. military. Sitting as it does in late spring, the occasion also gets people outside for a little fun.

With that in mind, organizations across Cherokee County are observing the weekend with a mix of activities.

The Georgia National Cemetery west of Canton will again be the site of a ceremony to honor fallen service members. The event is 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the cemetery, 2025 Mt. Carmel Church Lane, Canton.

Maj. Gen. James Livingston, U.S. Marine Corps retired, and a Medal of Honor recipient will serve as the keynote speaker. A replica of the Tomb of the Unknowns with attendants who tell observers about the history of the Tomb and the Old Guard will also be present. The tomb replica will be located in the gathering area near the POW/MIA flag pole. The actual Tomb of the Unknowns is located at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C.

There will also be a flyover by a local group of aviators as an honor to deceased veterans. The Georgia National Cemetery will have U.S. flags available at each of the cemetery sections, and visitors are invited to place these flags on the graves. This event is free and open to the public.

American Legion sets ceremony

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the American Legion, and in Canton, Post 45 started construction of its $20,000 post home in October 1947 and held an open house on Memorial Day weekend the next year to show the facility to the community.

At 11 a.m. on Monday, Post 45 will host a short program commemorating the day and transferring Legion members who have passed away since last Memorial Day. All members of the Legion family, their other family members, all veterans and the general public are invited to visit during the day with open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be served following the Memorial Day program. The Post will have historical displays, including a Prisoner of War/Missing in Action display.

Holly Springs Memorial Day 5K

The city of Holly Springs is hosting a Memorial Day 5K and Fun Run at 8 a.m. on Saturday, with proceeds benefiting L.R. Tippens Education Center.

The 5K is open to all ages, but children 12 and under can register for the 1K Fun Run immediately following the conclusion of the 5K awards ceremony. Awards will be given to Overall M/F, Master’s M/F, and the top three M/F in each age group from 10 and under to 75 and over.

Pre-register for $25 or register the day of the race for $30. Race begins at Holly Springs Elementary STEM Academy, 1965 Hickory Road, and concludes at Barrett Park.

Woodstock Memorial Day ceremony

The city of Woodstock is hosting a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at The Park at City Center, 101 Arnold Mill Road.

Veterans groups participating in the public event include American Legion Post 316, Marine Corps League Detachment 1311, Warriors’ Watch Riders and others.

The ceremony will include speakers, music, a rifle salute, dove release, readings and more.

Retail center supports

Operation Gratitude

The Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta will host Memorial Day events full of patriotic activities and a “Write a Letter to a Soldier” station inside the food court to help support troops, in partnership with Operation Gratitude.

The events are 1-3 p.m. on Saturday at the center located off Riverwalk Parkway.

The Joseph Erwin Band will be playing live in Center Court. Children can enjoy balloon artists, face painters and patriotic stilt walkers.

For more details, visit www.theoutletshoppesatatlanta.com.

Waleska water attraction opening

The splash pad at Cline Park in Waleska is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Memorial Day Tribute dinner on June 8

Cherokee Veterans Community and First Baptist Church, Woodstock will host a program entitled Memorial Day Tribute: Honoring Our Fallen Heroes at 5:30 p.m. on June at 11905 Ga. Highway 92.

In addition to presentations honoring sacrifices made by U.S. military service men and women, the event is a potluck dinner. Organizers urge attendees to “bring a dish to share, bring a $5 donation, bring a veteran.”

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