Heroes Homecoming IV Event Honors The Greatest Generation
Highlights include candlelight tribute walks, exhibits, parades and more in celebration of WWII veterans
In the month leading up to Heroes Homecoming IV, organizations are offering locals a chance to learn more about The Greatest Generation and participate in WWII themed activities. Cumberland County Public Library will promote Fold3 by ancestry.com, a new computer program that helps people find their World War II connection. Over at the Museum of the Cape Fear, children and enthusiasts alike can participate in WWII era games such as depth perception tests and landing a glider on a mock 1940’s aircraft carrier.
The Heroes Homecoming IV celebration officially kicks off on November 3 when The Arts Council of Fayetteville hosts a WWII-era swing dance from 6:30-9:00PM. Festivities will include an emcee providing news updates from the war years, popular tunes from the time and tips on how to make the most of wartime rations on the Homefront. Across town, the Cape Fear Regional Theatre (CFRT) is hosting a special “Veterans Appreciation Night” of their WWII-themed production of Shakespeare’s Henry V, a play that tells the story of brotherhood, valor, and the costs and consequences of going to war.
On Friday, November 4, candlelight tributes will take place in both Spring Lake and Fayetteville. The Spring Lake Recreations and Parks Department will host a special WWII memorial remembrance event, starting at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 6:00PM. Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a candlelit walk in honor of all veterans who served in WWII. The walk will conclude at the Community Recreation Center with light refreshments, period music and WWII exhibits on display. Downtown Fayetteville’s candlelight tribute will be formed at The Arts Council and walk to the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. There will be speakers including several Cumberland County Students sharing what they learned from the “Greatest Generation,” as well as 1940’s- era combat vehicles and music to honor WWII veterans.
Fayetteville will host their Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 5. This annual parade will honor WWII service members with floats, signs, and music from the era. Following the parade, Mayor Nat Robertson will make the annual mayor’s proclamation, saluting all WWII veterans. Across the park, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum will also host a Salute the Veterans event immediately following the proclamation. The event will include an informative and entertaining discussion as well as a book signing with WWII veteran and esteemed author Vincent Speranza.
The four-day celebration will conclude in Hope Mills with “Greatest Generation Day” on November 6. This event, held in Veterans Memorial Park, will display a flag for each WWII veteran from Hope Mills with the help of the Veterans Affairs Committee. Flags will have the name of the WWII vet and branch of service printed on them and will be displayed at the park from November 6-11.
In addition to the Heroes Homecoming IV events, the Cumberland County School System has incorporated special lesson plans to educate students about WWII, the brave men and women who served and the values demonstrated by the “Greatest Generation.” The students of Cumberland County have pledged to keep the stories of the brave men and women who served in WWII alive by sharing their values with their community and setting an example for all Americans. Enthusiasts of all ages can visit www.operationlivesforever.com to see these students sharing what they’ve learned from the “Greatest Generation” in a series of videos. Additionally, viewers can watch first-hand accounts from several WWII veterans demonstrating the bravery, sacrifice and survival that helped make the United States the country it is today. Students and adults alike can contribute to this campaign on social media using #LIVESFOREVER.
For more information on Heroes Homecoming IV and for a full event itinerary, visit: www.heroeshomecoming.com
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About Heroes Homecoming:
Fayetteville and the communities of Cumberland County, created Heroes Homecoming 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. The Fayetteville area has always had a unique bond with veterans, as the point of departure and return for hundreds of thousands of soldiers. Fayetteville has hosted Heroes Homecoming since 2011, helping it to become the largest commemoration and reunion of its kind. This year the community will host veterans and families from across the region to participate in a three-day celebration honoring the brave men and women who served our country in WWII. From parades and student-led initiatives, to lectures and festivals, cultural celebrations and recognition ceremonies, all of the events at Heroes Homecoming recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of our brave veterans.
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.