Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11 and there are a number of events, ceremonies and commemorations planned in Eastern Carolina.
Saturday, November 11
-The Craven County Veterans' Council and American Legion Post 24 are is holding a Veterans Day Ceremony at Greenleaf Memorial Park from 11am - noon. Dobert Owsley, Chairman of the Craven County Veterans' and Vietnam War Veteran, will serve as the keynote speaker. The program will consist of the Invocation, presentation of the Colors, Pledge of Allegiance, singing of "Amazing Grace", the keynote address – "What is a Veteran", recognition of all who have served, "Taps", retirement of the Colors, and Benediction.
-Tryon Palace will offer free admission to all active duty, veterans and their immediate family members on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This free admission will include the Governor's Palace, historic homes, North Carolina History Center attractions and 16 acres of gardens. Military ID or proof of service is required for free admission.
-The Carteret County Veterans Council is holding a Veterans Day Parade, which organizers believe may be the largest in the state. The parade will start at 11am on Arendell Street in Morehead City. If you or your organization would like to participate in this patriotic event that honors our veterans, please contact the Carteret County Veterans Services Office at 252-728-8440.
-Aquaventure Aquatic Campus in Winterville is honoring veterans in a unique way this year with a free month of membership. Between November 10-12, veterans with military id or proof of service can sign up for a free month.
-Texas Roadhouse is offering veterans and active duty military members to enjoy a free lunch on Veterans Day. For the 7th year in a row, restaurants across the country will participate between 11am and 2pm. All veterans - including all active, retired or former United States military - can choose one of 10 entrees, including a 6-ounce sirloin and two made-from-scratch sides plus a choice of any Coca-Cola product, iced tea or coffee during lunch. Guests must show proof of service such as military or VA card, or discharge papers. There are several participating locations in ENC:
1809 N. Pointe Drive
1301 N. Sandhills Blvd.
600 N. Berkeley Blvd.
Goldsboro, NC 27534
201 Grand Hill Place
Holly Springs, NC 27540
720 SW Greenville Blvd.
Other free dining options for veterans include: a free donut from Dunkin' Donuts, wings from Buffalo Wild Wings, and a free entree from Olive Garden. Most offers do require vets show military id or proof of service.
Friday, November 10
-St. Peter's Catholic School is conducting a mass service at 9am where students are invited to bring any family members who are veterans for a special service where they'll be honored and blessed.
-Pitt Community College is holding its 20th annual "PCC Veterans Salute" on Friday. It starts at 9am in the Goess Student Center and will feature remarks by retired Marine Maggie Weder. Prior to the ceremony, all faculty and staff who are veterans will be served breakfast in the Walter and Marie Williams Dining Room. Student veterans in good standing at the college are also invited to the event, which will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. All veterans planning to attend the breakfast are asked to contact Brady Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the event to give organizers an accurate headcount.
-Lenoir Community College will hold its annual Veterans Day Program at 11am in the Briley Auditorium. This year's event is dedicated to women in the military and will feature guest speaker Sgt. Shirley Wilcox, the 916th Air Refueling Wing Commander Chief at Seymour Johnson.
-The Onslow County Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is holding its Veterans Day Ceremony at 300 Sherwood Road in Jacksonville at 11am.
-ECU is holding a Military Brick Paver Ceremony at the ECU Memorial Walk outside the Christenbury Gym at 2pm. ECU provost Dr. Ron Mitchelson will serve as the guest speaker and a graducate vocal student will perform the national anthem. Forty pavers are set to be dedicated this year.
-Veterans will be honored as part of Uptown Greenville's Freeboot Friday celebration on Friday evening. "Operation Gratitude" will close out the last of the 2017 Freeboot Fridays. As the event coincides with Veteran's Day, Operation Gratitude- Freeboot Friday, will feature Military Appreciation performances! Additionally, Uptown Greenville with host a Treats for Troops candy drive. Bring your leftover Halloween candy to Freeboot Friday and Uptown will donate it to troops overseas.
Program details include:
5:00 - 5:20 pm: ECU Airforce Color Guard, Magnolia Belles
5:20 - 6:45 pm: Built for Comfort
6:45 - 6:55 pm: Military Appreciation Dance
7:00 - 7:05 pm: Moment of Silence, Pirate Veterans, T-shirt Toss, Sponsor Shout-out
7:10 - 8:00 pm: Built for Comfort
8:00 pm: Strike of event begins
Thursday, November 9
-The Craven County Veterans' Council is hosting its annual free Veterans Day Luncheon at the New Bern National Guard Armory from 11am to 1pm to celebrate the service and sacrifice of Craven County Veterans. The program theme this year is "Honoring Home Town Veterans" paying tribute to the nearly 20,000 veterans of Craven County with special acknowledgement of the history and linage of New Bern National Guard. Organizers ask that guest bring proof of service with them for the free lunch. For more information call Dobert Owsley at (252) 636-5543.
-The 886 Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America is putting together the 12th Field of Flags at Union Point Park. 00 miniature America flags will be on display to pay tribute and honor veteran. To honor your special veteran with a tag on a flag in the display, contact Dobert Owsley (252) 636-5543.
-James Sprunt Community College will host its 1st Annual Veterans Day Celebration at noon. The celebration for faculty, staff and students will honor all those who have served our country. There will be a presentation of colors, a ceremony and lunch.
-Northside High School in Onslow County is holding its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 10am in the school auditorium. Following the ceremony students, will plant flags around the outside of the school.
-North East Elementary School will be hosting its 5th Annual Veterans Day Celebration and Hallway of Heroes Parade. A counselor at the pre- K through 8th grade school in Pinetown says "this event has become a very important tradition, not only to the staff and students here at NES, but also for all of the Veterans in our area." Organizers say 50-75 local veterans will be honored starting at 8:30am with a homemade breakfast and parade through the school starting at 9:15am.