10 Ways to Celebrate Veterans Day

November 9, 2017

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If you’re wondering where you and yours can spend this Veterans Day weekend, I’m counting at least 10 events taking place all over the communities of Cumberland County. Many of the planned activities are part of the annual Heroes Homecoming initiative that, this year, focuses on honoring our Vietnam veterans; however, other events will be celebrating all veterans. Join us in Cumberland County this Veterans Day weekend for these educational exhibits and moving ceremonies, plus some fantastic entertainment.

EXHIBITS

The Moving Wall Display – November 9-12

Pay your respects to the Fallen at this traveling replica of the Washington, D.C., Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The Airborne and Special Operations Museum is hosting The Moving Wall on its parade grounds to serve as a public reminder of those who lost their lives during the war.

Fayetteville/Cumberland County in the Vietnam War – November 9-12

Visit North Carolina Veterans Park to view an exhibit that pays tribute to local veterans who served during the Vietnam Conflict. On display are profiles of these veterans, plus uniforms, weapons, gear, and other items brought home from war by service members.

Hugh’s Crate – November 9-12

Learn the story of a Cumberland County resident and Army officer who lost his life in Vietnam in 1966. The Museum of the Cape Fear is helping to tell that story by displaying the personal belongings and military effects that were shipped home to Lt. Hugh Wellons’ family in a crate after his death.

The Vietnam War – November 9-12

Stop by the Headquarters Branch of the Cumberland County Public Library to view yet another educational exhibit focusing on the Vietnam War era.

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veterans day

CEREMONIES

Gold Star Torchlight Ceremony – November 9

Take some time to honor our Gold Star families at this ceremony, hosted by the Rolling Thunder and the Dogwood Chapter of the Gold Star Mothers at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. The Rolling Thunder Flame of Freedom will lead attendees in a procession from the Vietnam Moving Wall to the Iron Mike Statue, with a candle-lighting ceremony held in front of the Wall.

Spring Lake Veterans Day Ceremony – November 10

Head out to Spring Lake’s Veterans Park for the town’s annual celebration of all veterans. Attendees will be hearing from a Fort Bragg guest speaker, Spring Lake’s Mayor and a U.S. Congressman. Plus, Fort Bragg’s birthday will be celebrated with cake.

Hope Mills Veterans Day Ceremony – November 11

Join Hope Mills’ residents in honoring all veterans at this annual event, hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Women’s Auxiliary at Hope Mills Municipal Park. There will be a laying-of-the-wreaths ceremony at the park’s Veterans Memorial, followed by refreshments inside the Hope Mills Recreation Center.

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veterans day

ENTERTAINMENT

A Tribute to Bob Hope and America’s Heroes – November 11

Step back in time at this special tribute to Bob Hope’s life and his dedication to Vietnam veterans. The Airborne and Special Operations Museum is playing host to two shows: “On the Air: A Tribute to Bob Hope” and “Hello Vietnam: A Tribute to Bob Hope & America’s Heroes.”

Veterans Day at the Garden – November 11

Enjoy spending this holiday at Cape Fear Botanical Garden, celebrating with veterans and their families. Kids will get into all the crafts and games while the adults will love the craft beer, wine and music. Everyone will be eating well, too, thanks to onsite food trucks like Mash House, Ducka Ducka Concessions and Authentique Café.

Heroes Homecoming Motorcycle Rally – November 11

Hop on your bike and join Rolling Thunder Chapter #1 for the ride, starting at Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson, or just meet the crowd at Festival Park for all the day’s festivities. Festival goers will enjoy listening to the bands, watching the tattoo and beard contests, chowing down at all the food trucks and much more.

veterans day

veterans day

The Towns of Eastover, Hope Mills and Spring Lake are hosting other Heroes Homecoming events this week, and we shared more details about those on “Heroes Homecoming in Cumberland’s Corners.” Discover even more things to do this weekend around Cumberland County on the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar of Events.

Photo credit for Cape Fear Botanical Garden picture: Thomas Keever.

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