A special Veterans salute was held Memorial Day weekend on Sunday, May 25th at Cleveland Memorial Park. After the posting of colors, the national anthem, and invocation, Lieutenant Colonel Maury Alexander Williams, Director of Public Affairs for the North Carolina National Guard spoke as the guest speaker. Music and song was provided by First Baptist Church of Shelby’s Youth Choir. A twenty-one gun salute and Taps were performed by the N.C. Foothills Marine Corps League Detachment 1164 of Shelby. A sea of American flags were posted on every veteran’s grave.