CORNELIUS – This year’s Memorial Day ceremony honors all veterans who have died, but puts extra emphasis on those who served in World War I.

American Legion Post 86 hosts its annual Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. May 26 at the Cornelius Veterans Memorial Monument at Rotary Plaza next to town hall, 21445 Catawba Ave.

The 30-minute program includes speeches by ROTC instructor at Hopewell High Col. Mike Puckett, Mayor Pro Tem Woody Washam and Legion Commander John Washam, among others. Also taking part will be color guards comprised of JROTC members from Hopewell and Hough high schools and American Legion Post 86 members.

“We want to remember all of the deceased veterans,” John Washam said. “All of the deceased from all of the wars and conflicts. It doesn’t have to be participants in war­ – all veterans.”

Holding an extra special place this year are those who served in World War I as August of this year marks the 100th anniversary of the war’s outbreak.