An opening ceremony consisting of an invocation, patriotic music by the Roanoke Valley Community Band, a proclamation
presentation, remarks, a keynote address and a grand review will
be implemented at the Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial Flagpole. A service will be conducted at the Civil War Veterans Monument, dedicated in May 30, 1938 by William Watts Chapter, United Daughters of Confederacy; the monument was erected in
"memory of Confederate soldiers who followed the leadership of Robert E. Lee". After the opening ceremony, a military memorial service in the style and language of the Grand Army (GAR) of the Republic will follow at the gravesite of Captain Robert H. Day, the only known Union veteran to be interred at Evergreen. This service will be implemented by the Joshua L. Lawrence Camp #20 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - a fraternal organization and heir of the GAR Post Roanoke #48. The general public is encouraged to
bring folding lawn chairs.