Sunday, Nov. 9
Veterans, residents, officials and the Holly Springs Community Band will dedicate the town's Veterans Park. A 20-foot-long stone wall with plaques representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard will be unveiled. The 10-acre park has a pond, half-mile greenway loop, picnic shelter and fitness and playground equipment.
Monday, Nov. 10
At a town council meeting, Mayor Kevin Foy will read a proclamation recognizing town employees who are veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. Harv Howard, a maintenance supervisor, Marine veteran and father of an Air Force member, will accept the proclamation.
Tuesday, Nov. 11
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees for veterans, active-duty service members and their families to public lands nationwide. That includes the Wright Brothers Memorial on the Outer Banks.
The Broughton Choral Group will perform and Vice-Mayor Michele LeChatelier of Compiegne, France, speak at a re-dedication of the park. Afterward, participants will process to a ceremony at North Carolina State University's Bell Tower.
Parc Compiegne honors Raleigh's sister city, where the armistice that ended WWI was signed on Nov. 11, 1918.
More than 100 ROTC midshipmen and cadets will assemble, and a color guard will present the colors. Capt. Charles Gibson, a UNC alum and commanding officer of the Naval Air Station in Meridian, Miss., will speak, and veterans will be asked to stand to be honored.
* Note the event has been moved from outside Gerrard Hall.
At a ceremony honoring WWII veterans, the Consul-General of France Philippe Ardanaz will present the Legion of Honor Medal to five American veterans – Alfred Alvarez, 84, of Fayetteville; Mark R. Summer, 85, of Chapel Hill; Alfred Gagliano, 86, of Brevard; and Arnold Lambert, 88, of West End. France made the Chevaliers as a sign of gratitude for their role in the liberation of France.
The American Legion Post #157 honors African-American WWII veterans at their annual banquet. Tickets are available by contacting Legionnaire Millie Dunn Veasey at 919-832-8553. Sales fund scholarships for high school students.
Attending will be a Pacific veteran who became a professor at North Carolina Central University, a member of the only black women's unit to deploy to England and France, a man who helped build the airfield that launched the Enola Gay, members of the only segregated combat infantry units in the U.S. Army, and a Montford Point Marine, who served in the Pacific as a teenager.
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