5 Events to Celebrate Our Heroes

July 25, 2017

The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) is working with Cumberland County’s communities to give our Vietnam War veterans a big “welcome home” at Heroes Homecoming V—an annual multi-day celebration of our war heroes that culminates with Veterans Day. The residents here celebrate all the major military holidays in grand style, but they also don’t wait for those occasions to thank a veteran, shake the hand of a military member, or throw a party in their honor. Visit any of Fort Bragg’s surrounding communities, and you’ll discover how Cumberland County celebrates our nation’s finest year-round at events like these.

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Soldier Fest, Sports USA Multiplex, Fort Bragg – August 5th & 6th

Snag tickets to a two-day festival that will bring together military members and the public for an unforgettable weekend on Fort Bragg. Entertainment will include a country concert saluting the troops; a fashion show; a talent competition with celebrity judges, hosted by Vivica A. Fox; a performance by Ginuwine; and a blues and classic soul concert in tribute to veterans and retirees.
Tip: Refer to Fort Bragg’s Visitor Information for instructions on how and where the public may enter Fort Bragg.

National Airborne Day Celebration, Airborne and Special Operations Museum (ASOM) – August 19th

Join this museum’s annual celebration of National Airborne Day, honoring all our airborne forces. On August 16th, 77 years ago, the Test Platoon performed the first jump from an airplane, and 17 years ago, the ASOM also celebrated their grand opening. Since then, the museum has invited the public to watch period reenactors and static displays bring that history to life on the Parade Grounds.
Tip: While visiting the ASOM, take time to stroll through the temporary exhibit, Before They Were Airborne: The 82d Division in WWI.

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Sandhills Purple Heart Dinner, Crown Expo Center – August 19th

Attend this inaugural event to recognize and honor Purple Heart recipients and their families, as well as Gold Star Mothers and the families of those Killed in Action. The U.S. unofficially observes National Purple Heart Day every August, and it is estimated that over 475 medal recipients reside in Cumberland County’s communities today. For these 475+ reasons alone, Fayetteville is honored to host such a highly esteemed event for the very first time.
Tip: Purchase dinner tickets in advance through Cape Fear Tix.

5K Bridge Run for the Troops, Spring Lake Recreation Center – September 16th

Sign up for this race and then go walk or run for the troops on a USATF-certified 5K course through the Town of Spring Lake. Families will also enjoy the Children’s Agility Course and all the fun and games planned. Not only is this a great recreational event, but the funds raised go to the USO of NC Sandhills, whose sole mission is to support our Fort Bragg troops and families.
Tip: Pre-register on RunSignUp.com before September 12th to ensure your spot and a t-shirt.

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NC Vet-Fest, Sol Rose Amphitheater at Campbellton Landing – October 14th

Spend a day on the banks of the Cape Fear River at this family-friendly, all-day festival. Several nonprofit organizations and pro-veteran businesses are organizing the first NC Vet-Fest to bring together veterans and citizens for one big party. The day’s festivities will include a catfish tournament, poker run, live music, special ceremonies, food trucks and vendors, and much more.
Tip: Learn some of the fascinating history behind Campbellton Landing and its crucial role in the settling of Cumberland County here.

This November, Heroes Homecoming V (HH5) will celebrate our Vietnam Veterans with a parade, a motorcycle rally, The Moving Wall, community ceremonies, museum exhibits, and other events. You may track the FACVB’s updates about HH5 on HeroesHomecoming.com or @HeroesHomecoming. Meanwhile, discover all the visitor-friendly happenings taking place here year-round on the FACVB’s Calendar of Events.

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