Previous Memorial Day at Southern Shores. The observance has been moved to Southern Shores cemetery. Peter Rascoe, town manager and Coast Guard veteran speaking.

Previous Memorial Day at Southern Shores. The observance has been moved to Southern Shores Cemetery. Peter Rascoe, town manager and Coast Guard veteran speaking.

Tucked away in the joy of a new summer season is the bittersweet knowledge of the meaning Memorial Day, happening in Outer Banks in May and bringing the unofficial beginning of summer.

Memorial Day in Outer Banks in May is a day we as a nation have set aside to recall what military service too often costs. It is both a time of reflection and celebration of courage and sacrifice. Its history stretches back to the aftermath of the Civil War, but it did not become an official national holiday until 1971.

Like many other places, Outer Banks towns have set aside a time to recall the meaning of the day. It is a good way to start the summer season, in acknowledging that the joy we see around us comes at a cost.

The weather in Outer Banks in May is looking spectacular, so short time of reflection and then on to the wonders of summer are certainly in order.

Where to Observe Memorial Day Ceremonies on the Outer Banks in May

Southern Shores

9:00 a.m.

Southern Shores Cemetery

Dogwood Trail

Kitty Hawk

10 a.m.

Austin Cemetery

Between Ridge Road and Tillet Street

Nags Head

11 a.m.

Nags Head Town Hall

5401 S. Croatan Highway (Mile Post 14).

U.S. Air Force veteran and town employee Todd Krafft will be the keynote speaker

Kill Devil Hills

12:30

Veterans Memorial across from First Flight High School

100 Veterans Drive

Manteo

11 a.m. 

Veteran Memorial at the Dare County Arts Council

300 Queen Elizabeth Ave

Now that summer is here on the Outer Banks, Brindley Beach Vacations is the perfect place to be. View our Calendar of Events and plan another fun time to celebrate with us here on the Outer Banks!