Heroes Homecoming in Cumberland’s Corners

October 10, 2017

If you’ve visited Cumberland County in November before, then you already know how we treat Veterans Day in this proud military community. Surrounding this holiday, the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) coordinates a county-wide initiative known as Heroes Homecoming, focusing on a different war era each year. Our goal at Heroes Homecoming V (HH5) will be to honor our Vietnam veterans and families. In addition to the multiple HH5 events taking place in Fayetteville, three of our municipalities—or “Cumberland’s Corners”—are proud to be giving our Vietnam heroes a warm homecoming at five distinctive events.

Town of Eastover

Join the Eastover Civic Club for Remembering Our Vietnam Veterans at the Eastover Community Center on November 10th. After the mayor’s welcome and a special musical tribute to veterans’ families, we’ll hear from the event’s keynote speaker, Lt. Col. Walt Brinker (Ret.), a West Point graduate who served two tours in Vietnam. A special veteran pinning ceremony will take place, as well. The evening will conclude with a reception, refreshments and veteran meet-and-greet.

The Eastover Community Center is one of dozens of Cumberland County businesses hosting a Missing Man Table to provide a public reminder of those veterans who never made it home from the war-front. While visiting Eastover, be sure to stop by Off the Racks Boutique, another local business proudly displaying a table.

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Town of Hope Mills

Attend the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Ceremony & Flag Display at Hope Mills Municipal Park’s Veterans Memorial on November 5th. The Hope Mills Veterans Advisory Commission is hosting the ceremony, and Lt. Col. Brinker (Ret.) will be the guest speaker at this event, as well.

Take the family out to Millstone Theatre 14 on November 8th for Veteran Movie Extravaganza, a military-themed movie night for veterans and their families. The free movie will be one focused on the Vietnam war, and special concessions will be available for purchase, as well.

Stop by the Hope Mills Public Library any time between November 4th and 12th, during regular business hours, to take in Experience Vietnam Era at the Library. This experiential exhibit offers an education to visitors on the life and times of the Vietnam war era.

Just a few of the Hope Mills’ businesses that will have a Missing Man Table on display are 1910 Apothecary, A Catered Affair, Carleen’s Boutique, Boarding House Treasures & Tea Room and Robin’s on Main.

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Town of Spring Lake

Register for the Yellow Ribbon Tribute & Dinner, taking place at the Spring Lake Recreation Center on November 9th. The event will be focusing specifically on honoring the families of Vietnam veterans. You must pre-register for the dinner online.

The Spring Lake Recreation Center will also be hosting a Missing Man Table. Look for more tables at these local hotels: Country Inn & Suites, Courtyard Fayetteville Fort Bragg/Spring Lake, Hampton Inn - Spring Lake/Fort Bragg and Sleep Inn & Suites - Near Ft. Bragg.

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As mentioned, multiple other HH5 events will be taking place at Fayetteville’s museums, parks, library and other community sites from November 1st through November 12th. For details on those, visit HeroesHomecoming.com and follow @HeroesHomecoming. Just one of those events is the Heroes Homecoming Motorcycle Rally, which we featured in "For the Love of Bikes & BBQ." The FACVB’s Calendar of Events also provides our visitors with information on other Veterans Day ceremonies (honoring all veterans), fall festivities and holiday happenings.

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