Fayetteville to honor our veterans in weekend-long celebration

November 2, 2012 by  

This year, print shops throughout Fayetteville will be helping host a whole weekend of events to honor its veterans, building on the annual Veterans Day celebration.

The celebration gets underway on Friday, November 9, as the Airborne & Special Operations Museum hosts a special book signing by the father of veteran Green Beret Chris Falkel.

The book signing takes place at 4:00 pm and is followed at 5.30 pm by a paver unveiling and flag dedication.

Marking the recipients of the Medal of Honor, the flag commemorates those killed in action fighting for our country. A pave stone in front of the museum will also be unveiled to honor the memory of Spec. Carl D. Hall III.

The following day, from 10:00 am, the city will come out in force as the Veterans Day Parade commences. One of its organizers, George Breece, is clearly excited about the planned activities, saying:

“This year is the biggest Veterans Day parade we’ve had. We’ve put together a first-class parade, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone downtown on Saturday, November 10.”

Banner printing will celebrate 21 military units taking part. It will also see all five branches of the services – the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard – represented. Eleven local Reserve Officer Training Corps will march in the parade, as will 25 veteran organizations.

Sunday will bring the events to a close, with Prisoners of War and the Missing in Action honored. Taking place at the Special Operations Museum from noon, a vigil will be held with all invited to attend.