'Murph' workouts, roller skating, unlimited pizza: Celebrate Memorial Day in Onslow at these events

Visitors pay their respects on a past Memorial Day at the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville.

With Memorial Day around the corner, many Onslow residents are planning their itineraries for the three-day weekend.

Memorial Day, which used to be called Decoration Day, is a federal holiday honoring all those who have died in U.S. wars. As the holiday is on a Monday, May 30 this year, the occasion warrants a long weekend.

Military news: ‘We aren’t going anywhere’: Camp Lejeune Justice Act leaders stand firm, hold rally this weekend

Veteran news: World War II veteran, Camp Lejeune legend Marion Carcirieri remembered as a leader, mentor

Living in a military town makes this holiday even more special for residents of the area. Here’s a list of Onslow-area events to add to your Memorial Day weekend plan.

Memorial Day Murph

The Memorial Day Murph is an extreme workout event in honor of Lieutenant Michael Murphy, a Navy Seal who passed away in the line of duty.

The Memorial Day Murph will take place on Saturday, May 28 at Onslow Fitness, located at 1140 Henderson Drive. The event will begin at 9 a.m.

“His story’s really awesome,” said Onslow Fitness Membership Service’s Sara Leake. “He, I think they were in Afghanistan, and he separated from his team in order to get a call from headquarters. He moved away from the protective rocks because he had to get service, and he was fighting off a bunch of people and ended up getting that last call in to call and help for the rest of his team, but he passed away.”

Leake said the workout will entail a one-mile run, which will be run together with the Murph flag, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 squats, and another one-mile run as fast as you can. She added that many people like to wear vests and/or breast packs.

Leake said the event is open to the public, and Onslow Fitness is the official host. They’ll even be reading the letter Murphy sent to his parents. 

For more information, visit themurphchallenge.com, Onslow Fitness’s Facebook page, or call 910-455-7274.

Participants do pullups during last year’s Murph Challenge.

Memorial Day observance

Jacksonville government will hold its annual Memorial Day Observance on Memorial Day at the Lejeune Memorial Gardens.

According to Jacksonville Government’s Facebook event, while the event is traditionally held at the Carolina Veterans Cemetery, this year’s observance will be held at the future site of the Carolina Museum of the Marine at 100 Montford Landing Road.

One last hike: 13 U.S. service members killed in Kabul to be honored in Jacksonville

“This somber observance honors all those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice,” the event states.

The event will be hosted by the Military Order of the Purple Heart Beirut Memorial Chapter #642, and will be open to the public, as well as streamed on G10TV.

For more information, call the City of Jacksonville at 910-938-5200.

Memorial Day skate

If the Memorial Day Murph is too extreme a workout, Roller City of Jacksonville, located at 120 Bridget Lane, will be holding a Memorial Day Skate on the holiday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission into the rink is $12, and skate rental is $3. Roller City said unlimited pizza will be included with all paid admissions.

For more information, visit rollercityjax.com, Roller City’s Facebook page, or call 910-968-0962.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Jacksonville, North Carolina stands as recognition for the nearly ten million veterans of the five branches of the Armed Forces who served active duty during the Vietnam era.

Memorial Day Battle of the Heroes

Fit4Life Richlands, located at 9009 Richlands Highway, is holding a free community event, where police, fire, and military personnel will battle it out to see who comes out on top.

The event will take place on Memorial Day from 9-11 a.m., and will include vendors, food, raffles, and more. Fit4Life is asking for vendors and participants for the event.

For more information, visit Fit4Life Richlands’ Facebook page, or call 910-324-4301.

“Never Forgotten” Memorial Day 5K

Looking for something more intense than roller skating, but not as extreme as The Murph?

Transition Together will be holding a Memorial Day 5K to “honor this nation’s heroes” at 300 Taylor Notion Road in Swansboro on Saturday, May 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The event will include a one mile fun run, and registration will be allowed up until 7:45 a.m. on race day. Transition Together’s website added that family fun activities will be on site.

The event is $30 per person, and T-shirts and awards will be presented. Award classes are under 18, 18-34, 35-49, and Masters (male and female).

For more information, visit Transition Together’s website.

Reporter Morgan Starling can be reached at mstarling@gannett.com

This article originally appeared on The Daily News: Onslow residents can celebrate Memorial Day at these area events