This weekend, Soldiers from Fort Bragg, along with various community members, will join in the national Veterans Day celebration and observance.
Throughout North Carolina, there are several events that will be spotlighted and attended by Fort Bragg paratroopers.
“The outpouring of support from our communities in and around Fayetteville to honor our veterans past and present, and our leaders and Soldiers being able to help support those events, is very much appreciated,” said Frank Hanan, chief, Community Relations Division, Fort Bragg Garrison Public Affairs Office.
On Saturday, more than 1,000 Soldiers, along with various combat vehicles, the 82nd Airborne Division Band and multiple color guards will represent Fort Bragg in the annual Fayetteville Veterans Day Parade, which begins at the intersection of Bragg Boulevard and Hay Street at 11 a.m.
The Fayetteville parade is part of the city’s Homecoming for Heroes II celebration which, this year, will pay tribute to the 1.5 million Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and Marines who participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn from 2001 to 2011. The event is hosted by the Army’s Army and the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and will begin Friday and last until Sunday.
Fort Bragg Soldiers will also participate in the 32nd Annual North Carolina Veterans Day parade and ceremony in downtown Raleigh, which begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, at the intersection of Fayetteville and Davie streets. A wreath laying ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on the north side of the North Carolina Capitol grounds. Music and static displays make up this perfect Family day. The theme for this year’s parade is, “Welcome Home, Iraq Veterans.”
Another group of Fort Bragg Soldiers is scheduled to attend the 92nd Annual Warsaw Veterans Day Parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday. According to the N.C. Association of Festivals and Events website, the Warsaw Veterans Day Parade began in 1921 and is recognized as the “oldest consecutive Veterans Day celebration in America.” Recently, the Veterans Day National Committee designated Warsaw as a Veterans Day regional site for 2012. This time-honored event offers a full day of activities, which begins at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, a memorial service at 10 a.m., and a parade at 11 a.m.
On Sunday the Guilford County Veterans Memorial event is scheduled to take place in Greensboro, N.C., beginning at 2 p.m. Members of the 82nd Sustainment Brigade color guard are scheduled to attend to render the colors. Col. William Harley Ford Jr. from the 82nd Airborne Division will be the guest speaker at the Guilford County memorial.
Other events include a flag dedication ceremony and paver unveiling Friday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. On Saturday, there will be a Veterans Day car show, at the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Also on Saturday, Family Day is scheduled from 1 to 4:30 p.m., at the N.C. Veterans Park. On Sunday, from noon to 8 p.m., a POW/MIA vigil will take place at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum.
Fayetteville Veterans Day Parade: 11 a.m. at intersection of Bragg Boulevard and Hay Street.