Memorial Day Observance

Sandhills MOAA hosts the annual Memorial Day Observance at The Village Chapel of Pinehurst each May. We welcome all community members, veterans, and active service members and their families to join us for our annual observance.

This year’s Memorial Day Observance will take place on Monday, May 25th, 2020 at 3 p.m. and will be live streamed through the Village of Pinehurst YouTube Channel and The Sandhills MOAA Facebook Page.

The event will include:
-Pledge of Allegiance led by military child, Thomas Taylor
– Music by Stephen Gourley of the Village Chapel and members of the 82nd Airborne Division’s Band and Chorus
– Invocation & Benediction –
Rev. Dr. John R. Jacobs
– Memorial Address – Admiral Leighton “Snuffy” Smith

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About Admiral Leighton “Snuffy” Smith

Admiral Smith retired with over 34 years of distinguished military service. As a naval aviator, he flew carrier based, light attack jet aircraft in the Mediterranean, North Atlantic, Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. These included three cruises in waters off North Vietnam where he flew over 280 combat missions. He was appointed to four star rank in April 1994 and became Commander in Chief, U. S Naval Forces Europe and Commander in Chief Allied Forces Southern Europe. He concurrently commanded the NATO led Implementation Force (IFOR) in Bosnia until August 1996. In 2007, he was selected as a Distinguished Graduate of the US Naval Academy, the institution’s most prestigious award. Military awards include two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, and 29 Air Medals. He has also received the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, the French Order of National Merit with the rank of Grand Officer and, in March 1997, was made an Honorary Knight of the British Empire in a private audience with Her Majesty the Queen. Admiral Smith is a military hero, as well as a valued member of our Pinehurst community.