Cumberland County Thanks
WWII Veterans

October 18, 2016

veteransday2This December will mark the 75th anniversary since Pearl Harbor Day and when the United States entered World War II. With almost 500 WWII veterans passing away each day, the number of surviving veterans is now less than 800,000. For these reasons, the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) has coordinated with the communities of Cumberland County to honor the “Greatest Generation” at our annual Heroes Homecoming—a multi-day celebration of all those heroes who have called the greater Fayetteville area “home.” For Heroes Homecoming IV (HH4), many events are planned throughout Cumberland County. In particular, though, the communities listed below are offering visitors and locals several meaningful ways to honor our Greatest Generation.

City of Fayetteville
Head to North Carolina Veterans Park, located in this “All American” city, on November 5th to witness the Mayor’s Proclamation to World War II Veterans. Mayor Nat Robertson will be making a special proclamation, saluting all WWII veterans. Many other Fayetteville organizations and attractions are hosting Heroes Homecoming events, and these include the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Cumberland County School System, Cumberland County Veterans Council, Headquarters Library and Museum of the Cape Fear.

veteransday3Town of Eastover
Make your way to this charming town on October 29th to join folks in the celebration of their agricultural heritage and their WWII heroes at Heritage & Heroes. With WWII-themed exhibits, musical entertainment, food and other vendors on site, the day’s activities promise to be memorable. The town is also planning a special WWII Monument Dedication event at the Eastover Civic Club on December 7th (details TBA).

Town of Hope Mills
Participate in the inaugural Greatest Generation Day event on November 6th in this 125-year-old town. On the newly proclaimed day, flags will be put on display at their Veterans Memorial Park to represent each of the community’s WWII veterans. The town’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony will also be held at Veterans Memorial Park on November 11th, and as in past years, a special portion of that ceremony is being devoted to honoring Gold Star Mothers.

Town of Spring Lake
Join the residents of this patriotic town in a Candlelight Tribute on November 4th. Specifically honoring WWII veterans, the candlelit walk will begin at their Veterans Park and end at the Multipurpose Community Center, where participants may enjoy refreshments, music and WWII exhibits. The town’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony will also be taking place at Veterans Park on November 11th.

veteransdayVisit the Heroes Homecoming website or Facebook page for a complete listing of the HH4 events occurring throughout the communities of Cumberland County. These communities want to keep the legacies of the Greatest Generation alive, and through Operation: #LivesForever, we can. We invite you to join in the history-making by sharing your connection to WWII. Share your story on social media and tag it with #LivesForever.

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