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Billed as a ‘virtual’ Memorial Day service for 2020, the 20-minute tribute on the grounds of the Pamlico County Courthouse was video-taped and will be shown on a number of video outlets.

Sarah Fentress, a New Bern High School student, sang the national anthem. Sarah was accompanied by her father, Bill Fentress, who is the Finance Officer for Pamlico County government.

Local veterans from Pamlico County salute both the U.S. Flag, which was lowered to half staff, anda large memorial, which lists the names of those who died in World War I, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War.


The Honor Guard of the Pamlico County Veterans Council fired a seven-round tribute.


Larry Summers, who leads the local chapter of Disabled American Veterans, said the virtual service this year was required “because a large percentage of our Veterans are in the age range most susceptible to the virus.”


Craig Cooper returned for a second consecutive year. He performed both a moving recitation titled “Arlington” and the popular Lee Greenwood song “God Bless the USA.”


Concluding the ceremony, local musicians. Gordon Kellogg on trumpet, and Christine Mele on French horn, offered a duet of the famous bugle call known as Taps.