The Communities of Cumberland County alongside the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB) have announced that the seventh annual Heroes Homecoming celebration will be dedicated to acknowledging the sacrifice and service of all our country’s brave soldiers, veterans, and their families. The 5-day celebration will feature more than 20 events taking place across all of Cumberland County, making Heroes Homecoming VII one of the largest Veterans Day gatherings in the country.
As the point of departure and return for thousands of soldiers, the Fayetteville area has always had a unique bond with veterans. “The bravery and sacrifice of our service members and military families deserve unmeasurable amounts of recognition and we are proud to be hosting Heroes Homecoming VII in their honor,” said John Meroski, CEO of FACVB.
Marquee events during this year’s celebration include:
- Spouses in Military (SiM) Expo - Fayetteville State University - Nov 7
- Operation: THRIVE - Rick’s Place - Nov 8
- Veterans Day Parade - Downtown Fayetteville - Nov 9
- Veterans Day 5K & 1 Mile Run - Festival Park - Nov 10
- Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rally - Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson - Nov 11
In addition to honoring service members, veterans, and their families through local events from November 7-11, 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 VII and a full list of this year’s events, visit www.HeroesHomecoming.com. Follow along with the celebration on Facebook and Twitter using #heroeshomecoming.
About Heroes Homecoming:
The communities of Cumberland County created Heroes Homecoming in 2011 as a way of showing recognition and appreciation to all veterans for their courage, their sacrifice and everything they do to defend this country’s freedom – now and forever. This year, the Communities of Cumberland County will host veterans and families from across the region to participate in a week-long celebration honoring the families of the brave men and women who have served and are currently serving our country.
About Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:
The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-proﬁt organization responsible for positioning Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and leisure travel. For additional information about America’s First Military Sanctuary Community, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-888-98-HEROES.
Contact: Rachel Wells