The Communities of Cumberland County along side the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB) have announced that the sixth annual Heroes Homecoming celebration will be dedicated to acknowledging the sacrifice and service of our country’s brave veterans as well as their families. This year also marks the 100 years of Armistice Day (now known as Veterans Day) as well as 100 years of Fort Bragg, the country’s largest military installation. Because of these important anniversaries, the theme of Heroes Homecoming 6 will be “A Centennial of Service.”
As the point of departure and return for thousands of soldiers, the Fayetteville area has always had a unique bond with veterans. Cumberland County has hosted Heroes Homecoming since 2011, helping it to become the largest commemoration and reunion of its kind. “With so many amazing military anniversaries this year, what a perfect way to honor all those who have been involved both at home and abroad than by dedicating Heroes Homecoming 6 to them,” said John Meroski, CEO of FACVB. “In years past, our community has honored veterans from various conflicts. This year we will honor everyone from spouses, children, and volunteers for the sacrifices they have made while supporting our troops.”
Marquee events during this year’s celebration include:
Veterans Day Concert & Art Exhibit - ASOM - Nov 9
Veteran’s Day Parade - Downtown Fayetteville - Nov 10
Heroes Homecoming Motorcycle Rally - Ft Bragg Harley-Davidson - Nov 10
Centennial of Service Speaker Series - ASOM - Nov 10
In addition to honoring veterans and their families through local events from November 8-12, Heroes Homecoming is also challenging businesses and organizations to participate in the Missing Man Table Initiative as a way to inspire and help educate the public on the importance and symbolism of the display. The Missing Man Table, similar to the Fallen Comrade Table, honors the memory of missing or imprisoned military service members. To date, North Carolina has more unaccounted for veterans than any state in the southeast, with a recorded 1,536 POW/MIA. Currently, more than 150 area businesses and organizations have pledged to participate, with the number growing every day.
For more information on Heroes Homecoming and a full list of events, visit www.HeroesHomecoming.com. Follow along with the celebration on Facebook and Twitter.
Contact: Melinda Jackson