Fayetteville honors veterans

November 14, 2016 by  

On November 5, Fayetteville held its annual Veterans Day Parade, to the delight of the thousands of people who turned out to watch the festivities. The parade was presented by the City of Fayetteville and the Cumberland County Veterans Council.

The theme this year was ‘Honoring our Greatest Generation’, which refers to those who fought in World War II. The parade’s Grand Marshal this year was WWII veteran CSM Kenneth ‘Rock’ Merritt.

Over 100 participants took part in the parade, including a number of veterans’ organizations, as well as military personnel currently on active duty. Marching bands from local universities and high schools took part, as did ROTC units. Military equipment was also included.

The parade started at the Airborne Special Operations Museum and finished at Liberty Point. The march was followed by a ceremony outside the museum. At that time, explorers from the Fayetteville Police Department laid a wreath for soldiers who were lost in the Battle of the Bulge, which was fought in the Ardennes region in Belgium, Luxembourg, and France from December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945. The struggle was the final German offensive of the war.
The guest speaker was Vincent Speranza, a veteran of World War II who was a machine gunner in the 101st Airborne Division.

Events like these can benefit if organizers create banners to add to the festive atmosphere of such days.