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No matter what type of meeting is in the works, the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) has one mission: to help planners safely execute the perfect event. Planners will find the area affordable, easily accessible, diverse, and brimming with Southern hospitality.Here are the top 10 reasons to choose Fayetteville for a winning event:…

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Axes and Armor Hatchet House
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Let’s throw a curveball here…or better yet, an ax! No, seriously. It’s no wonder the art of hatchet throwing has gained a ton of traction lately. First and foremost, it’s just downright fun, and it actually has some positive health benefits as well. Not only does it work several of your muscle groups at the same time, but it’s a therapeutic stress reliever like no other. Axes and Armor provides a place to do just that, both in Fayetteville and a brand new location in Spring Lake. Lessons are offered, but really it’s as simple as making a reservation, grabbing a beer from their bar, and chucking those hatchets! For some additional stress relief, be sure to bring a photo of your boss to put over the bullseye. (Kidding, kind of.)

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John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center
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Tucked away across from Lake Rim lies the only fishing education center of its kind in North Carolina. I know what you’re thinking - “This place doesn’t sound very therapeutic…” but with all of the amenities to enjoy here, the John. E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center offers a boatload of ways to treat yourself. The building itself is almost 5K square feet, complete with a wrap-around porch on both floors with plenty of rocking chairs to enjoy the view. Multiple fishing instruction courses are available that include fly fishing, lure making, and rod building. If you’re the type who finds serenity in the great outdoors and therapy in crafting your own tools to do so, this is your spot. For those Parks and Recreation fans still reading, this would be Ron Swanson’s paradise.

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Shanti Wellness - Fayetteville Wellness Center
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Formerly known as “The Floating Shanti”, both the name and the location have been updated to reflect the multiple therapeutic avenues it offers. However, the floating tank remains its mainstay. “Floating” is a practice where you enter a sensory deprivation tank filled with water and enough Epsom salts to make your body float effortlessly. It’s certainly a unique form of therapy but sworn by many to improve mental and physical well-being. In fact, a lot of those positive experiences and testimonials come from Fayetteville’s very own active military and veterans. If trying unique means of therapy sounds enticing, you should try their cupping therapy too. I mean…if it worked for Michael Phelps, it could work for you! (Note: cupping doesn’t guarantee you’ll win 23 Olympic gold medals, but it’s worth a shot, right?)

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Spring Lake Outpost
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If you find tranquility in the whole floating thing but prefer to do so outdoors, here’s your place. Spring Lake Outpost offers a quaint spot to cruise down the Little River by kayak or canoe. It’s perfect for those who may only need a couple of hours of relaxation or those who prefer an all-day excursion. Whichever you choose, they offer a convenient shuttle pick-up to take you and your river cruiser back at the end of the adventure. It truly is a peaceful, yet adventurous experience with a surprising amount of wildlife and nature to take in. The best part is that you won’t find any big boats or jet skis killing your vibes since the Little River is undisturbed. Which, if you’re familiar with most North Carolina inlets, is pretty hard to come by.

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Whether or not you’re a fan of the show Parks and Recreation, you’ve probably heard Donna and Tom’s lighthearted advice to “Treat Yo Self”. While many of us have adopted the phrase to use as an excuse to buy that pricey

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The Cave Spa After recently opening just earlier this year, this place has already made its mark both locally and on a national scale. Named as one of 10 Black-owned Spas to Bliss Out In (TripAdvisor), The Cave specializes in Halo-therapy (salt therapy) as it provides many benefits to detoxify and hydrate the whole body. As the name would imply, it features Cumberland County’s first and only salt cave! Another unique feature they offer is monthly membership packages so you can make self-care a part of your routine. One of those packages includes unlimited detox baths, which if you haven’t experienced, you’re missing out. Ironically, with the relaxation it provides, you’re sure to feel far less *ahem*… “salty” after leaving. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Visit Fayetteville NC (@visitfayettevillenc) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Visit Fayetteville NC (@visitfayettevillenc)   Axes and Armor Hatchet House Let’s throw a curveball here…or better yet, an ax! No, seriously. It’s no wonder the art of hatchet throwing has gained a ton of traction lately. First and foremost, it’s just downright fun, and it actually has some positive health benefits as well. Not only does it work several of your muscle groups at the same time, but it’s a therapeutic stress reliever like no other. Axes and Armor provides a place to do just that, both in Fayetteville and a brand new location in Spring Lake. Lessons are offered, but really it’s as simple as making a reservation, grabbing a beer from their bar, and chucking those hatchets! For some additional stress relief, be sure to bring a photo of your boss to put over the bullseye. (Kidding, kind of.) View this post on Instagram A post shared by ❂ Emily Brewer❂ (@emilybrewerr) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gregg Kimbell (@justgregggg)   John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center Tucked away across from Lake Rim lies the only fishing education center of its kind in North Carolina. I know what you’re thinking - “This place doesn’t sound very therapeutic…” but with all of the amenities to enjoy here, the John. E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center offers a boatload of ways to treat yourself. The building itself is almost 5K square feet, complete with a wrap-around porch on both floors with plenty of rocking chairs to enjoy the view. Multiple fishing instruction courses are available that include fly fishing, lure making, and rod building. If you’re the type who finds serenity in the great outdoors and therapy in crafting your own tools to do so, this is your spot. For those Parks and Recreation fans still reading, this would be Ron Swanson’s paradise. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pechmann Fishing Ed. Center (@pechmann_fishing_ed._center) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pechmann Fishing Ed. Center (@pechmann_fishing_ed._center)   Shanti Wellness - Fayetteville Wellness Center Formerly known as “The Floating Shanti”, both the name and the location have been updated to reflect the multiple therapeutic avenues it offers. However, the floating tank remains its mainstay. “Floating” is a practice where you enter a sensory deprivation tank filled with water and enough Epsom salts to make your body float effortlessly. It’s certainly a unique form of therapy but sworn by many to improve mental and physical well-being. In fact, a lot of those positive experiences and testimonials come from Fayetteville’s very own active military and veterans. If trying unique means of therapy sounds enticing, you should try their cupping therapy too. I mean…if it worked for Michael Phelps, it could work for you! (Note: cupping doesn’t guarantee you’ll win 23 Olympic gold medals, but it’s worth a shot, right?) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shanti Wellness FWC (@shantiwellnessfwc) View this post on Instagram A post shared by N a t a s h a (@iam_natashamoore)   Spring Lake Outpost If you find tranquility in the whole floating thing but prefer to do so outdoors, here’s your place. Spring Lake Outpost offers a quaint spot to cruise down the Little River by kayak or canoe. It’s perfect for those who may only need a couple of hours of relaxation or those who prefer an all-day excursion. Whichever you choose, they offer a convenient shuttle pick-up to take you and your river cruiser back at the end of the adventure. It truly is a peaceful, yet adventurous experience with a surprising amount of wildlife and nature to take in. The best part is that you won’t find any big boats or jet skis killing your vibes since the Little River is undisturbed. Which, if you’re familiar with most North Carolina inlets, is pretty hard to come by. 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Named as one of 10 Black-owned Spas to Bliss Out In (TripAdvisor), The Cave specializes in Halo-therapy (salt therapy) as it provides many benefits to detoxify and hydrate the whole body. As the name would imply, it features Cumberland County’s first and only salt cave! Another unique feature they offer is monthly membership packages so you can make self-care a part of your routine. One of those packages includes unlimited detox baths, which if you haven’t experienced, you’re missing out. Ironically, with the relaxation it provides, you’re sure to feel far less *ahem*… “salty” after leaving. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Visit Fayetteville NC (@visitfayettevillenc) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Visit Fayetteville NC (@visitfayettevillenc)   Axes and Armor Hatchet House Let’s throw a curveball here…or better yet, an ax! No, seriously. It’s no wonder the art of hatchet throwing has gained a ton of traction lately. First and foremost, it’s just downright fun, and it actually has some positive health benefits as well. Not only does it work several of your muscle groups at the same time, but it’s a therapeutic stress reliever like no other. Axes and Armor provides a place to do just that, both in Fayetteville and a brand new location in Spring Lake. Lessons are offered, but really it’s as simple as making a reservation, grabbing a beer from their bar, and chucking those hatchets! For some additional stress relief, be sure to bring a photo of your boss to put over the bullseye. (Kidding, kind of.) View this post on Instagram A post shared by ❂ Emily Brewer❂ (@emilybrewerr) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gregg Kimbell (@justgregggg)   John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center Tucked away across from Lake Rim lies the only fishing education center of its kind in North Carolina. I know what you’re thinking - “This place doesn’t sound very therapeutic…” but with all of the amenities to enjoy here, the John. E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center offers a boatload of ways to treat yourself. The building itself is almost 5K square feet, complete with a wrap-around porch on both floors with plenty of rocking chairs to enjoy the view. Multiple fishing instruction courses are available that include fly fishing, lure making, and rod building. If you’re the type who finds serenity in the great outdoors and therapy in crafting your own tools to do so, this is your spot. For those Parks and Recreation fans still reading, this would be Ron Swanson’s paradise. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pechmann Fishing Ed. Center (@pechmann_fishing_ed._center) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pechmann Fishing Ed. 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View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shanti Wellness FWC (@shantiwellnessfwc) View this post on Instagram A post shared by N a t a s h a (@iam_natashamoore)   Spring Lake Outpost If you find tranquility in the whole floating thing but prefer to do so outdoors, here’s your place. Spring Lake Outpost offers a quaint spot to cruise down the Little River by kayak or canoe. It’s perfect for those who may only need a couple of hours of relaxation or those who prefer an all-day excursion. Whichever you choose, they offer a convenient shuttle pick-up to take you and your river cruiser back at the end of the adventure. It truly is a peaceful, yet adventurous experience with a surprising amount of wildlife and nature to take in. The best part is that you won’t find any big boats or jet skis killing your vibes since the Little River is undisturbed. Which, if you’re familiar with most North Carolina inlets, is pretty hard to come by. 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In celebration of October as NC Beer Month and with Veteran's Day quickly approaching, what better time than now to raise a glass in honor of the veteran-owned breweries around Fayetteville. One of the best ways to thank a veteran for their service is continuing to support them and their endeavors after being discharged. So, when you grab a pint at one of these places, you know you're doing just that!

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Note: If you're like many of us who observe "Beer Month" about 12 times a year or so, then consider this your "go-to guide" of veteran-owned places to celebrate it…
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Bright Light Brewing Company (BLBC)
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Two United States Army veterans who served together, continue serving their community together. Not only is that the short story of how BLBC came to be, but t's that beautiful sentiment that encapsulates what this place is all about: a passion for serving. It's got everything you'd want in a brewery, honestly. The atmosphere, back-alley patio, kid-friendly, and undoubtedly dog-friendly — the place just feels like a big family reunion. Many consider Fayetteville to be "America's Hometown", so if that's the case, you could consider BLBC as "America's Hometown Brewery".

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Huske Hardware Brewery
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North Carolina's second-oldest brewery owners have changed hands a few times since it first transitioned from its hardware store origins in the late '90s. However, being 100% veteran-owned & operated is something they've always been able to proudly claim. One of those veteran owners, who majorly contributed to Huske's continued renovation and restoration over the years, once won the Vetrepreneur of the Year Award for his efforts. As one of Cumberland County's premier places for nightlife events and one of Downtown Fayetteville's Top Date Spots, Huske continues to be a staple for visitors and the local military community alike.

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Gaston Brewing Company (GBC)
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If you like to brewery hop and find yourself in Downtown Fayetteville, you're in luck! Just about a block from Huske, you'll find this beloved veteran-owned brewery with quite the inspiring origin story. A retired Green Beret and a retired paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne division both shared the same dream to pursue craft brewing. As fate would have it, these two were able to turn this little downtown space into an award-winning local favorite. Always full of smiling faces and located right beside military spouse-owned Pressed - A Creative Space, it's clear there's an incredible support system that surrounds GBC - and they're proud of it.

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Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom
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A U.S. Army officer, nurse, and medic walk into a bar…and the rest is history. This triple-threat of veterans took their talents to Hope Mills and opened up what has since become an iconic 8,000-sq. foot destination brewery. And by destination, I mean you could very well spend all day here. With athletic fields, a dog park, a music pavilion, and Napkins (an outstanding patio restaurant that also happens to be veteran-owned and operated) - Dirtbag is the complete package. If you haven't been to Dirtbag by now, let's just say it's "The Nicest Place in North Carolina" (Readers Digest). As proud host to a few upcoming Heroes Homecoming events, Veteran's Day Weekend may be the perfect time to experience Dirtbag, and all these breweries, and see for yourself.

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Heckler Brewing
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Methodist University students (and staff) can now rejoice to know they have a brewery practically on campus! Northside Fayetteville's newest (and only) member of the local brewery scene has already shown big things come in small packages. Although located in a smaller space than their fellow breweries in town, it's perfect for showcasing their 16 diverse craft brews. While they don't currently serve food, their delicious next-door neighbors at Scrub Oaks will happily bring some over for you. With an already dedicated fan base established, don't be surprised to see this place continue to grow!

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Mash House Restaurant and Brewery
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Last, but certainly not least, this local Fayetteville treasure always shows some massive support to military personnel. Although started by veterans and since changed hands, Mash House embraces the veteran foundation it was built upon by offering generous military discounts and supporting various military-related nonprofits. With so many rotating taps to choose from, you might want to grab a flight first while browsing through their food menu. Just to reemphasize, you will want to grab a menu because Mash House serves up some of the best locally sourced food you'll ever experience at a brewery.

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The atmosphere, back-alley patio, kid-friendly, and undoubtedly dog-friendly — the place just feels like a big family reunion. Many consider Fayetteville to be "America's Hometown", so if that's the case, you could consider BLBC as "America's Hometown Brewery". View this post on Instagram A post shared by chuckandgus.bulldogbros (@chuckandgus.bulldogbros) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bright Light Brewing Company (@brightlightbrewingco)   Huske Hardware Brewery North Carolina's second-oldest brewery owners have changed hands a few times since it first transitioned from its hardware store origins in the late '90s. However, being 100% veteran-owned & operated is something they've always been able to proudly claim. One of those veteran owners, who majorly contributed to Huske's continued renovation and restoration over the years, once won the Vetrepreneur of the Year Award  for his efforts. As one of Cumberland County's premier places for nightlife events and one of Downtown Fayetteville's Top Date Spots, Huske continues to be a staple for visitors and the local military community alike. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Fayetteville Symphony (@faysymphony) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Huske Hardware Brewery (@huskehardwarebrewery)   Gaston Brewing Company (GBC) If you like to brewery hop and find yourself in Downtown Fayetteville, you're in luck! Just about a block from Huske, you'll find this beloved veteran-owned brewery with quite the inspiring origin story. A retired Green Beret and a retired paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne division both shared the same dream to pursue craft brewing. As fate would have it, these two were able to turn this little downtown space into an award-winning local favorite. Always full of smiling faces and located right beside military spouse-owned Pressed - A Creative Space, it's clear there's an incredible support system that surrounds GBC - and they're proud of it. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gaston Brewing Company (@gbc910) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Gaston Brewing Company (@gbc910)   Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom A U.S. Army officer, nurse, and medic walk into a bar…and the rest is history. This triple-threat of veterans took their talents to Hope Mills and opened up what has since become an iconic 8,000-sq. foot destination brewery. And by destination, I mean you could very well spend all day here. With athletic fields, a dog park, a music pavilion, and Napkins (an outstanding patio restaurant that also happens to be veteran-owned and operated) - Dirtbag is the complete package. If you haven't been to Dirtbag by now, let's just say it's "The Nicest Place in North Carolina" (Readers Digest). As proud host to a few upcoming Heroes Homecoming events, Veteran's Day Weekend may be the perfect time to experience Dirtbag, and all these breweries, and see for yourself. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Visit Fayetteville NC (@visitfayettevillenc) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Charles Bessman (@charlesthebeerman)   Heckler Brewing Methodist University students (and staff) can now rejoice to know they have a brewery practically on campus! Northside Fayetteville's newest (and only) member of the local brewery scene has already shown big things come in small packages. Although located in a smaller space than their fellow breweries in town, it's perfect for showcasing their 16 diverse craft brews. While they don't currently serve food, their delicious next-door neighbors at Scrub Oaks will happily bring some over for you. With an already dedicated fan base established, don't be surprised to see this place continue to grow! 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Not only is that the short story of how BLBC came to be, but t's that beautiful sentiment that encapsulates what this place is all about: a passion for serving. It's got everything you'd want in a brewery, honestly. The atmosphere, back-alley patio, kid-friendly, and undoubtedly dog-friendly — the place just feels like a big family reunion. Many consider Fayetteville to be "America's Hometown", so if that's the case, you could consider BLBC as "America's Hometown Brewery". View this post on Instagram A post shared by chuckandgus.bulldogbros (@chuckandgus.bulldogbros) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bright Light Brewing Company (@brightlightbrewingco)   Huske Hardware Brewery North Carolina's second-oldest brewery owners have changed hands a few times since it first transitioned from its hardware store origins in the late '90s. However, being 100% veteran-owned & operated is something they've always been able to proudly claim. One of those veteran owners, who majorly contributed to Huske's continued renovation and restoration over the years, once won the Vetrepreneur of the Year Award  for his efforts. As one of Cumberland County's premier places for nightlife events and one of Downtown Fayetteville's Top Date Spots, Huske continues to be a staple for visitors and the local military community alike. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Fayetteville Symphony (@faysymphony) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Huske Hardware Brewery (@huskehardwarebrewery)   Gaston Brewing Company (GBC) If you like to brewery hop and find yourself in Downtown Fayetteville, you're in luck! Just about a block from Huske, you'll find this beloved veteran-owned brewery with quite the inspiring origin story. A retired Green Beret and a retired paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne division both shared the same dream to pursue craft brewing. 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Heroes Homecoming is BACK! After the 8th annual celebration of American heroes was limited to virtual events in 2020, the Fayetteville community is buzzing with excitement to reunite for all that Heroes Homecoming has in store for 2021. Because there are so many medical military and first responders who made it possible to reunite, this year’s event is specially dedicated to extending a big “Thank You” to these individuals. With events spread out throughout the week surrounding Veterans Day, there’s no shortage of fun to be had. In case you need some ideas of what to check out this year, here are our top 5 events you won’t want to miss…

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VETERAN'S DAY PARADE
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Let’s start with the obvious. Around this time in 2020, it was exciting to see anyone walking down the street. So, imagine what it's going to feel like when seemingly the entire population of Cumberland County is back together on Hay St. while proudly cheering on the thousands of marching military members. Surely, it will be quite the spectacle. Plus, nothing says “Thank You” like a parade, and this parade will surely be one to remember for decades to come.

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WOODPECKERS FALL FESTIVAL
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If you’re bringing the family to the parade, you’re going to want to head over to Segra Stadium right after to keep the good times rolling. Moms, get ready to snap those pics because, with all of the hayrides, games, and face painting going on; the picture-perfect moments await. Not to worry Dads, even though the Fayetteville Woodpeckers aren't playing, football games will be streaming and local brews will be poured, so you can have your picture-perfect moment too.

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M*A*S*H* RERUNS NIGHT
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It’s no secret that the vintage sitcom M*A*S*H* holds a special place in the hearts of many among the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg community. In fact, back in 2013, Heroes Homecoming was graced with the presence of M*A*S*H* cast members! Now, eight years later, what better way to honor the contributions of the medical military than sharing a laugh once again watching Hawkeye, Radar, and Hotlips grace the screens at Dirtbag Ales - one of Cumberland County’s most prominent (and just downright awesome) veteran owned-and-operated businesses.

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RED, WHITE, & BLUE FAMILY FUN RUN
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As a special tribute to the medical military and first responders, walkers and runners alike will be tracking around Downtown Fayetteville in military/medical-themed attire to show their support. Whether you’re a family of five with a stroller or a trained runner, the event is open to all. You can probably expect to see a lot of camo pants, white coats, and scrubs. However, if you’re running close to 3 miles, no one’s going to call you a scrub. That’s for sure.

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VETERANS DAY RIDE
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What is probably the loudest and proudest event of the bunch, also is one for a great cause. The Veterans Day Ride is one of the most exciting events to be a part of. The event starts off at Fort Bragg Harley Davidson for a pre-ride party with food, music, prizes, and of course looking at all the decked-out motorcycles. Then, you hit the road in honor of the fallen veterans with all money raised being donated to Wreaths Across America. No Harley? No problem. All vehicles are invited to join the party and the ride!

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Surely, it will be quite the spectacle. Plus, nothing says “Thank You” like a parade, and this parade will surely be one to remember for decades to come.     WOODPECKERS FALL FESTIVAL If you’re bringing the family to the parade, you’re going to want to head over to Segra Stadium right after to keep the good times rolling. Moms, get ready to snap those pics because, with all of the hayrides, games, and face painting going on; the picture-perfect moments await. Not to worry Dads, even though the Fayetteville Woodpeckers aren't playing, football games will be streaming and local brews will be poured, so you can have your picture-perfect moment too.     M*A*S*H* RERUNS NIGHT It’s no secret that the vintage sitcom M*A*S*H* holds a special place in the hearts of many among the Fayetteville and Fort Bragg community. In fact, back in 2013, Heroes Homecoming was graced with the presence of M*A*S*H* cast members! 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Let’s be honest, life has been pretty hectic lately for most of us adults. After over a year of way too much time at home, where the phrase “going out” translated into a scavenger hunt for toilet paper or meeting the Uber Eats driver in the driveway, it’s finally time to get back to planning those much-needed nights out with that special someone. Whether you’re meeting up for your first date, looking for an impromptu getaway, or finally shipping those kids off to your parents for the weekend, Downtown Fayetteville awaits! With so much to do in less than a one-mile radius, it is the perfect place to make up for lost time by checking off a few date spots, all in one evening. Check out these 7 great places to wine, dine, and (re)kindle the romance in Downtown Fay!

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District House of Taps
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Fayetteville waited patiently for their first self-pour taproom, and oh boy did this place deliver! Opening just over a year ago, “Taps” has already won the hearts of locals by offering a unique atmosphere to enjoy 40 beers they can pour themselves. Located in what once was the Hilltop House in Historic Haymount District, the modernized space offers multiple seating options for larger parties, double dates, or that intimate table for two. If both you and your partner are avid fans of tasting the best local beer selection around, you’re going to want to start here…and maybe even finish here too. 

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Huske Hardware House
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For both the history buffs and people watchers out there, this 115-year-old building containing Fayetteville’s oldest brewery should check all boxes for you. However, if you ask locals, this place never gets old. Once, in fact, a hardware store, the space is quite accommodating to events and large crowds without the drawback of long waits for a table. As far as food goes, if your worried this is just your run- of-the-mill brewery food, think again. Their menu has some incredible selections for just about every mood. Shepherds pie? Check. Poutine? Check. Bacon-wrapped Filet Mignon? Check! Huske has just about everything you’re in the mood for. Plus, who could say, "No" to a date at a place with such a food & drink selection and one that is part of the National Register of Historic Places?

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Fayetteville Woodpeckers @ Segra Stadium
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Sure, you could stay in another night and watch Fever Pitch on Netflix again. Or, you can go to an actual baseball game to live out that rom-com date night yourselves! Even for non-sports fans, watching the Fayetteville Woodpeckers play at Segra Stadium (aka the “The Ball Park of the Decade” according to Baseball Digest) is an experience in itself. Located just a block or two from each place on this list, it’s easy to grab drinks or dinner before and after the game. Although, with some of the best ballpark food and beverage options available in the state, you may not want to. If you’re looking to plan a date during the week, you should check out “Thirsty Thursdays.” Just saying.

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Cameo Art House Theatre
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Again Netflix, we love you, but it’s time we see other movies. Plus, we’ve all missed the movie theatre experience, so why not support an independent movie theatre that missed you back? If you’re a fan of the arts, indy flicks, and eclectic atmospheres, then this is your ideal spot. If the multiple local media accolades such as “Best Movie Theatre in Fayetteville” and “Best Place to Take a Date” aren’t convincing enough, you can best believe that one whiff of their fresh popcorn will do the trick. They even offer theatre rental and private screenings if you’re looking for a more intimate night out - especially if this happens to be the night you plan to ask your date any sort of...important questions. Wink, wink.

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Now, let’s talk about the eats! This is a staple for #foodies. Just ask the locals when they voted the “Fayetteville Fan-Favorite: Best Food Spot” earlier this year. Specializing in modern Southern cuisine, you will find that their locally sourced ingredients add an additional element of authenticity to their hearty, soulful selection. Every plate that comes out of the looks straight out of a magazine. If you’re here for dinner, you’ll notice a lot of those picturesque plates contain the Circa Chicken Piccata - it’s kind of famous around here. Of course, their brunch is pretty famous as well. So, whatever time of day you end up going, definitely save room for dessert. Their signature Bananas Foster is the perfect dish to sharing (or “split” rather) with your date.

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Spoiler alert: Yes, these last two spots are both Italian. However, leaving off either one would be quite tragic considering both offer their own unique food options and dining experience. You want the best recommendations, right? Fantástico!
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Pierro’s Italian Bistro
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“Bistro” by definition is a smaller place to get quality food that’s friendly on the wallet. That’s exactly what you can expect here. This is one of those places where people come for appetizers, but most develop a dinner craving almost immediately. If that craving happens to be pizza for dinner? Well then, you hit the jackpot! Very few would argue that this is the best pizza downtown. If you or your date aren’t in the pizza mood though, don’t be deterred, the options extend far beyond the tomato sauce and dough. Many will tell you that their Tuscan steak or Caprese salad is the best they’ve ever had too.

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Antonella’s Italian Ristorante
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Not to say the best was saved for last necessarily, but locals did just recently name it as “Fayetteville Fan-Favorite: Best Date Spot” - which is hard to argue. The owner, Antonella Scibilia, learned the art of Southern Italian cuisine by working in her father’s restaurant as a child. If you’ve never experienced authentic Italian food, just try any of the pasta here. Upon the first bite, you will never be swayed by those unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks places ever again. Not only will you get a genuine Italian food experience, but the elegant decor and Sicilian vibes will have you feeling you’re in Fayetteville’s little slice of Italy. Whether you sit indoors or out, you can guarantee a scrumptious meal and a divine wine selection - all in a truly romantic setting. So, don’t be surprised if you get the urge to tell that special someone those 3 little words they’ve been dying for you to say: “More Lasagna Dip?"

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No matter what type of meeting is in the works, the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) has one mission: to help planners safely execute the perfect event. Planners will find the area affordable, easily accessible, diverse, and brimming with Southern hospitality. Here are the top 10 reasons to choose Fayetteville for a winning event:TEASER BREAK

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No matter what type of meeting is in the works, the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) has one mission: to help planners safely execute the perfect event. Planners will find the area affordable, easily accessible, diverse, and brimming with Southern hospitality. Here are the top 10 reasons to choose Fayetteville for a winning event:

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The greater Fayetteville area has rightfully earned the reputation of being a runner's destination. As we're home to thousands of military service members, veterans, and retirees from Fort Bragg, our communities naturally take fitness to a whole new level. I recently blogged about an inspiring military spouse and triathlete, Chris Kenon, who's "grown up in the running community here" and is now training for her first full IRONMAN. Some of Chris' favorite local runs take place here in the spring.

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In fact, spring marks the season when you'll find a different run, walk, or hike nearly every week in Cumberland County. Visitors come from all over to tackle some of our bigger races, such as the All American Marathon, while others take advantage of our many fun runs, walks for good causes, or nature hikes. If you're looking for ways to get active this spring of 2020, look no further than these 30+ upcoming events and start planning your trip to America's Hometown now. On your marks, get set, go!

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Our popular All American Marathon is, without a doubt, Fayetteville's signature race.

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10th Annual Walk a While in Her Shoes
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American Warrior 5K Walk/Run
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St. Patrick’s Day 5/10K & Shamrock Kid’s Run
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St. Paddy’s Day Beer Mile
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First Day of Spring Hike
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All American Marathon/Mike to Mike Shake-Out Run
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Annual Color Fun Run
\r\nFreedom Christian Academy, Fayetteville – Saturday, March 28th

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All American 5K
\r\nSegra Stadium, Fayetteville – Saturday, March 28th

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All American Marathon / Mike to Mike Half Marathon
\r\nSegra Stadium, Fayetteville – Sunday, March 29th

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Wildflower Walk
\r\nJ. Bayard Clark Park, Fayetteville – Monday, March 30th

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\r\nJ. Bayard Clark Park, Fayetteville – Wednesday, April 1st
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\r\nParadise Acres, Hope Mills – Saturday, April 4th
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\r\nWestover High School, Fayetteville – Saturday, April 4th 
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\r\nFayetteville State University, Fayetteville – Saturday, April 4th
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\r\nFestival Park, Fayetteville – Saturday, April 4th
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\r\nGray's Creek Middle School, Fayetteville – Saturday, April 4th
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\r\nCarvers Creek State Park, Spring Lake – Saturday, April 4th
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\r\nHighland Baptist Church, Hope Mills – Saturday, April 11th
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\r\nJ. Bayard Clark Park, Fayetteville – Saturday, April 11th
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\r\nJ. Bayard Clark Park, Fayetteville – Monday, April 13th
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\r\nFestival Park, Fayetteville – Saturday, April 18th
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\r\nYarborough Complex, Fort Bragg – Saturday, April 25th

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\r\nJ. Bayard Clark Park, Fayetteville – Friday, May 1st 
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\r\nMedical Arts Center, Fayetteville – Saturday, May 2nd
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\r\nFestival Park, Fayetteville – Sunday, May 3rd
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\r\nCape Fear High School, Fayetteville – Date TBA
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\r\nTerry Sanford High School, Fayetteville – Saturday, May 16th
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\r\nOverhills High School, Spring Lake – Date TBA
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\r\nJordan Soccer Complex, Fayetteville – Monday, May 25th
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\r\nHope Mills Municipal Park, Hope Mills – Saturday, May 30th

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13th Annual Run for the Legend 5K/10K
\r\nAirborne & Special Operations Museum, Fayetteville – Saturday, June 6th
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\r\nCrown Complex, Fayetteville – Saturday, June 20th 
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\r\nTruFit Gym, Hope Mills – Saturday, June 20th 
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\r\nMcCormick Farms, Spring Lake – Saturday, June 27th, & Sunday, June 28th

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Even beyond springtime, you'll find races and a vast range of recreational opportunities occurring here year-round, and you can track all those on the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's (FACVB) Calendar of Events. To learn more about the uniqueness of the All American Marathon and why Fayetteville is an ideal runner's destination, read what one inspiring military spouse and triathlete had to share with me recently on "Featured in Fay: Chris Kenon."

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Are you interested in bringing a race to our I-95 runner's destination? The FACVB's Sports Sales Manager can assist you in everything from finding a facility/route to working with our hotels to acquire the best rates. Watch the video below to learn more about why Fayetteville is an ideal location for races. Then submit your Request for Proposal to the FACVB team.

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If you're looking for ways to get active this spring of 2020, look no further than these 30+ upcoming events and start planning your trip to America's Hometown now. On your marks, get set, go! Our popular All American Marathon is, without a doubt, Fayetteville's signature race.   March   10th Annual Walk a While in Her Shoes Capitol Encore Academy, Fayetteville – Friday, March 13th American Warrior 5K Walk/Run Festival Park, Fayetteville – Saturday, March 14th St. Patrick’s Day 5/10K & Shamrock Kid’s Run St. Patrick Catholic School, Fayetteville – Saturday, March 14th St. Paddy’s Day Beer Mile Dirtbag Ales Brewery & Taproom, Hope Mills – Saturday, March 14th First Day of Spring Hike Carvers Creek State Park, Spring Lake – Thursday, March 19th All American Marathon/Mike to Mike Shake-Out Run Festival Park, Fayetteville – Saturday, March 28th Annual Color Fun Run Freedom Christian Academy, Fayetteville – Saturday, March 28th All American 5K Segra Stadium, Fayetteville – Saturday, March 28th All American Marathon / Mike to Mike Half Marathon Segra Stadium, Fayetteville – Sunday, March 29th Wildflower Walk J. Bayard Clark Park, Fayetteville – Monday, March 30th   April April Fool Me Walk J. Bayard Clark Park, Fayetteville – Wednesday, April 1st Walk to End Lupus Now Paradise Acres, Hope Mills – Saturday, April 4th Spring Spirit III 5K Westover High School, Fayetteville – Saturday, April 4th  FSU ROTC 5K Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville – Saturday, April 4th AsONE Prayer Walk Festival Park, Fayetteville – Saturday, April 4th 8th Annual GLObal Run Gray's Creek Middle School, Fayetteville – Saturday, April 4th Long Live the Longleaf Hike Carvers Creek State Park, Spring Lake – Saturday, April 4th Easter Dash Highland Baptist Church, Hope Mills – Saturday, April 11th Spring Bird Walk J. Bayard Clark Park, Fayetteville – Saturday, April 11th Turtle Trot J. Bayard Clark Park, Fayetteville – Monday, April 13th Ribbon Walk for Cancer Festival Park, Fayetteville – Saturday, April 18th Around the World Run Yarborough Complex, Fort Bragg – Saturday, April 25th   May Sensory Night Hike J. Bayard Clark Park, Fayetteville – Friday, May 1st  John E. Norman Cinco de Mayo 10K & 5K Race Medical Arts Center, Fayetteville – Saturday, May 2nd Walk MS Festival Park, Fayetteville – Sunday, May 3rd 7th Annual Cole Humphrey Memorial Run Cape Fear High School, Fayetteville – Date TBA The Derby Run Terry Sanford High School, Fayetteville – Saturday, May 16th 13th Annual Anderson Creek Club 5K/10K Overhills High School, Spring Lake – Date TBA Memorial Day 5K Jordan Soccer Complex, Fayetteville – Monday, May 25th Pet Fest 5K Pet Walk 2020 Hope Mills Municipal Park, Hope Mills – Saturday, May 30th   BONUS 13th Annual Run for the Legend 5K/10K Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Fayetteville – Saturday, June 6th The Color Run 5K Crown Complex, Fayetteville – Saturday, June 20th  5th Annual Man22 Suicide Awareness Run TruFit Gym, Hope Mills – Saturday, June 20th  Spartan Race: Fayetteville Ultra, Beast and Sprint McCormick Farms, Spring Lake – Saturday, June 27th, & Sunday, June 28th Even beyond springtime, you'll find races and a vast range of recreational opportunities occurring here year-round, and you can track all those on the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's (FACVB) Calendar of Events. To learn more about the uniqueness of the All American Marathon and why Fayetteville is an ideal runner's destination, read what one inspiring military spouse and triathlete had to share with me recently on "Featured in Fay: Chris Kenon." Are you interested in bringing a race to our I-95 runner's destination? The FACVB's Sports Sales Manager can assist you in everything from finding a facility/route to working with our hotels to acquire the best rates. Watch the video below to learn more about why Fayetteville is an ideal location for races. 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Since 2012, Top Gun Sports has held more than two dozen softball and baseball tournaments each year in the Fayetteville area for children ages 8 to 18. And Mike Anderson, travel director for Top Gun, says that his organization has every intention of coming to Fayetteville for a long time. Why? The quality of the fields, hotels, restaurants, and attractions in the area, coupled with the strong support he gets from the operations and services people there.

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As he plans out the next year’s tournament schedule in the weeks before Christmas, his first point of contact is the Cumberland County Department of Parks and Recreation. “We have good conversations to find dates that work best for all of us,” he says. “They are always straight with me—they know their product and what they can provide, and they do not overpromise. Also, they have great facilities and the field-operations staff is very hands-on when we are there, which is a central reason why we keep coming back to Fayetteville.”

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Another reason is the assistance that the Fayetteville Area CVB provides not just to Anderson but also to the families of his tournament participants. “Once we have our dates, the CVB helps us get hotels across a range of price points—and with some of our tournaments drawing up to 1,500 players plus their families, we need all those options.”

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In fact, many teams travel not just with parents of players but also with older and younger siblings, and sometimes grandparents too. As a result, “the CVB provides lots of information to help us educate our people about the restaurants and attractions in the area; they know the numbers of people we are dealing with and give the best options.”

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Anderson’s take on Fayetteville: “It has a great walkable downtown with shops, restaurants, and a few museums, plus the new minor league ballpark is right there and it’s outstanding. If you can believe it, the new ballpark has generated so much excitement among our teams and their families—even though they have been at the ballfields most of the day, they want to go in the evening and sit and enjoy the game and the park.”

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Even so, the facilities and attractions are not the only elements that makes Top Gun Sports keep coming back to the area. “The bottom line is that we are lucky to have great partners to work within Fayetteville.”

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Since 2012, Top Gun Sports has held more than two dozen softball and baseball tournaments each year in the Fayetteville area for children ages 8 to 18. And Mike Anderson, travel director for Top Gun, says that his

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Also, they have great facilities and the field-operations staff is very hands-on when we are there, which is a central reason why we keep coming back to Fayetteville.” Another reason is the assistance that the Fayetteville Area CVB provides not just to Anderson but also to the families of his tournament participants. “Once we have our dates, the CVB helps us get hotels across a range of price points—and with some of our tournaments drawing up to 1,500 players plus their families, we need all those options.” In fact, many teams travel not just with parents of players but also with older and younger siblings, and sometimes grandparents too. As a result, “the CVB provides lots of information to help us educate our people about the restaurants and attractions in the area; they know the numbers of people we are dealing with and give the best options.” Anderson’s take on Fayetteville: “It has a great walkable downtown with shops, restaurants, and a few museums, plus the new minor league ballpark is right there and it’s outstanding. If you can believe it, the new ballpark has generated so much excitement among our teams and their families—even though they have been at the ballfields most of the day, they want to go in the evening and sit and enjoy the game and the park.” Even so, the facilities and attractions are not the only elements that makes Top Gun Sports keep coming back to the area. “The bottom line is that we are lucky to have great partners to work within Fayetteville.”","id":"5f2c6e144f31a434bca0a7c2","url":"/blog/list/post/tournaments-fayetteville/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/tournaments-fayetteville/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/tournaments-fayetteville/","metaTitle":"For Tournament Planner Top Gun, Fayetteville’s the One - Go Fayetteville","metaDescription":"Top Gun Sports has held dozens of softball and baseball tournaments in the Fayetteville area since 2012, and here's why they plan to keep returning.","cleanDescription":"Since 2012, Top Gun Sports has held more than two dozen softball and baseball tournaments each year in the Fayetteville area for children ages 8 to 18. And Mike Anderson, travel director for Top Gun, says that his organization has every intention of coming to Fayetteville for a long time. Why? The quality of the fields, hotels, restaurants, and attractions in the area, coupled with the strong support he gets from the operations and services people there. As he plans out the next year’s tournament schedule in the weeks before Christmas, his first point of contact is the Cumberland County Department of Parks and Recreation. “We have good conversations to find dates that work best for all of us,” he says. “They are always straight with me—they know their product and what they can provide, and they do not overpromise. Also, they have great facilities and the field-operations staff is very hands-on when we are there, which is a central reason why we keep coming back to Fayetteville.” Another reason is the assistance that the Fayetteville Area CVB provides not just to Anderson but also to the families of his tournament participants. “Once we have our dates, the CVB helps us get hotels across a range of price points—and with some of our tournaments drawing up to 1,500 players plus their families, we need all those options.” In fact, many teams travel not just with parents of players but also with older and younger siblings, and sometimes grandparents too. As a result, “the CVB provides lots of information to help us educate our people about the restaurants and attractions in the area; they know the numbers of people we are dealing with and give the best options.” Anderson’s take on Fayetteville: “It has a great walkable downtown with shops, restaurants, and a few museums, plus the new minor league ballpark is right there and it’s outstanding. If you can believe it, the new ballpark has generated so much excitement among our teams and their families—even though they have been at the ballfields most of the day, they want to go in the evening and sit and enjoy the game and the park.” Even so, the facilities and attractions are not the only elements that makes Top Gun Sports keep coming back to the area. “The bottom line is that we are lucky to have great partners to work within Fayetteville.”","publish_start_moment":"2019-07-30T20:00:00.000Z","publish_end_moment":"2021-12-02T23:19:23.793Z"},{"_id":"5f2c6e144f31a434bca0a7bc","author_id":"5f2c6e0d4f31a434bca0a38a","title":"Cumberland County's Home-Field Advantage","slug":"sports-facilities-in-north-carolina","image_id":"5f04a56b28c96d3e5d30e45d","meta_title":"Cumberland County's Home-Field Advantage - Go Fayetteville","meta_description":"Cumberland County offers big-city amenities with small-town prices for a range of sporting events, hosting cheerleading, baseball, basketball and more!","open_graph_title":"Cumberland County's Home-Field Advantage - Go Fayetteville","open_graph_description":"Cumberland County offers big-city amenities with small-town prices for a range of sporting events, hosting cheerleading, baseball, basketball and more!","open_graph_image_id":"5f04a56b28c96d3e5d30e45d","publish_start":"2019-07-18T18:00:00.000Z","enable_comments":false,"categories_ids":["5f32c0d6db033503b75ab835","5f32c0dadb033503b75ab838"],"tags_ids":["5f2c6e0e4f31a434bca0a39b","5f46af0f5aedbc5d221cc865","5f46aed75aedbc5d221cc84a","5f46aeca5aedbc5d221cc844"],"enabled":true,"created":"2019-07-18T14:56:20.000Z","legacy_id":"6709","version_id":"5f49137873240e112c7cf04e","description_raw":"
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Did you know one of Cumberland County’s largest tourism markets is Sports? Specifically, cheerleading, baseball, and basketball are the top three types of competitions or tournaments we're known for hosting. The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (FACVB) Sports Sales Manager, Stephanie Decatur, estimates 75% of our sports leads come from those three. I recently sat down with Stephanie to discuss her role in selling this area as a sports destination, and she summed up why we’re such a good fit for these types of events. Simply put, “Cumberland County offers big-city amenities with small-town prices.”

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Stephanie knows that fact is one of our greatest strengths when it comes to competing with bigger cities for bookings, and she makes it her mission to prove to organizers that our Facilities and Accommodations are significantly more affordable than much of our competition’s. Additionally, she recognizes the importance of relationship building, and she focuses on doing just that with not only her clients but our sports facility representatives and hoteliers. Stephanie just celebrated her third anniversary at the FACVB, but she also brings to our table a total of over 17 years of experience working in the hospitality sales industry.

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In 2001, Stephanie took a job at the Sands Resorts as a reservations agent for seven oceanfront properties in Myrtle Beach. By the time she left that resort, seven years later, she was Director of Sales & Marketing. Over the following eight years, Stephanie gained even more experience working in such popular destinations as Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Ultimately, her dream was to work for a Convention and Visitors Bureau, knowing she would enjoy the challenge of working with clients to ensure their event’s success, from start to finish.

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Since Stephanie joined the FACVB team, she has made it her mission to grow the sports market here and to strengthen relationships with our facilities and accommodations. As I was talking with her about a few of her most successful and rewarding client experiences, she shared with me why Cumberland County’s “big-city amenities with small-town prices” have proven to attract (and keep) a range of Sports Events.

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\"Champions-in-Motion\"

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Champions in Motion

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Sports organizers are always seeking affordable facilities to hold their events and affordable accommodations to host their teams and families. When selling the Fayetteville area to potential clients, Stephanie makes a point to brag on our Crown Complex, one of the most affordable East Coast venues for hosting sporting events. Additionally, the Crown’s five different facilities—all within walking distance of one another—make team travel and event coordination logistically easier. As an example, teams use the Crown Arena for warm-ups, Crown Coliseum for competitions, and Crown Theatre for awards ceremonies.

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For those reasons, Rock Hood, Owner/CEO of Champions in Motion, moved his regional cheerleading competitions to Fayetteville in 2018. Twice a year now, teams and families travel from Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, and all over North Carolina to compete at the Crown Coliseum. Not only has Stephanie worked alongside the Crown’s staff to ensure these events go off without a hitch, but she has also played an integral role in securing affordable room rates at multiple host hotels.

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Approximately 9,500 people attend and/or compete in these events, which are open to the public. At the last Champions in Motion competition, in May, there were an estimated 2,500 room nights. The Estimated Economic Impact, or EEI, on Cumberland County was $1.6 million—representing tourism dollars being spent on the local economy and, ultimately, tax savings for our residents.

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Champions in Motion’s Director of Events, Dakota Hood, recently shared some feedback about their experience here: “We have been to other cities, but our relationship with the FACVB and Crown Coliseum has helped grow our competitions into an event bigger than ever before.” As of now, we can expect to host Champions in Motion through 2020, and Stephanie will be working alongside the Crown and our hotel partners to ensure this organization continues to choose Cumberland County for years to come.

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\"Big-South\"

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Big South Baseball Championship

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Just as soon as the City of Fayetteville put plans in place to build Segra Stadium in downtown Fayetteville last year, they went after the Big South Conference to sell Segra as a potential host for the Big South Baseball Championship, an NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. The Houston Astros were bringing their new Class-A Advanced Affiliate, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, to Cumberland County, and their new stadium offered massive potential for attracting a range of sporting events.

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Big South was impressed enough with everything Segra, the FACVB, and the city promised that they announced their decision last fall to hold the 2019-2021 championships here, months before stadium construction was even completed. Stephanie immediately got to work on securing nine host hotels for Big South’s employees, teams, and umpires. She also worked alongside other FACVB and city staff on ensuring Big South met the requirements for a Tourism Development Authority grant. Additionally, when the Fayetteville Woodpeckers’ staff was tasked with organizing practice sites for the teams, Stephanie was able to assist them in finding the ideal fields.

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This past May, Big South’s ten competing teams descended on Fayetteville for their five-day tournament—all of which was televised on various ESPN channels. Post-event, the host hotels reported a total of 669 room nights, resulting in an EEI of $598,500. Not surprisingly, Big South’s Director of Broadcast Services and Development, Mark Bryant, shared in a follow-up email that Stephanie was “as instrumental as anyone in making the tournament work.” He went on to state, “She got our teams situated with hotels, she solved problems I brought to her attention, and she even solved problems before I knew they existed. Outstanding work, and hugely appreciated.”

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As for Stephanie, she believes Big South has brought Fayetteville to the forefront even more as a premier sports destination and knows that tournament represents the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the sporting events Segra has the potential to host over the coming years.

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Hoops & Dreams Showcase

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Sometimes Stephanie works with groups that may not have as big of an economic impact on the area, but they certainly leave an impact on the community in other ways. The Hoops & Dreams Showcase, a high school basketball tournament, is a great example of that type of event, and it represents the vision of its founder, Marva Lucas-Moore.

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When Marva’s daughter was still attending a local high school, Marva started the Showcase to grant kids an opportunity to play in front of college recruiters and possibly be awarded scholarships to top-notch schools. Marva’s daughter had already been playing on national stages, in front of recruiters and coaches, and Marva recognized the fact big talent was coming out of not only Cumberland County schools, but other areas as well. Not all families can afford to send their kids on trips to showcases around the country, so Hoops & Dreams was Marva’s attempt at bringing those recruiters to Fayetteville’s front door.

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Last year, teams from West Virginia, Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina all showed off their skills at Methodist University’s (MU) March F. Riddle Center. Not only did this event put the national spotlight on these players, but it also showed off everything MU has to offer in terms of its multipurpose arena, other campus facilities, and educational opportunities. College recruiters traveled to Fayetteville from around North Carolina and other states to watch these kids put all their talent on the floor, and approximately 2,000 people attended the three-day Showcase.

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For this event, Stephanie helped secure Riddle Center and ensured our hotels offered the traveling teams family-friendly rates. Marva “loved the location at Methodist University” and had nothing but positive things to say about her experience working with Stephanie and the FACVB: “We really appreciate the support and love CVB has provided us from year one. CVB has helped us with finding hotels for our teams and family to stay while visiting Fayetteville. CVB staff stay in constant contact with us and support our event each year.”

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Though Marva’s daughter is now a college freshman, attending and playing for NC State on a full-ride, Marva remains committed to Hoops & Dreams and its potential to give other talented kids the same opportunity as her daughter had. This November, the Showcase will be returning to MU for its third year, and Stephanie expects it to continue to grow, spotlight athletes, and impact the community.

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These three clients represent the more popular Sports Events our sales team helps facilitate here; however, they also work with wrestling, gymnastics, skeet-shooting, and other niche groups. Not only does our team know our Facilities and Accommodations inside and out, but their strong relationships with staff prove to make all the difference in ensuring the success of these events.

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Are you interested in bringing your sports tournament or event to Cumberland County? Here are "5 Reasons to Hold Your Tourney in Cumberland County." The FACVB also offers a great resource in the form of our digital Sports Guide, which provides comprehensive details on our many parks, recreation centers, fields, courts, and other sports facilities. Additionally, you can get a good picture of what these sites offer by watching the sports facilities videos featured on the FACVB’s YouTube Channel.

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Finally, I would also encourage you to reach out to our Sports Sales Manager directly at (910) 835-5089. Our team is more than eager to take future clients on a site visit and to prove why we have “big-city amenities with small-town prices” in Cumberland County.

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Additionally, she recognizes the importance of relationship building, and she focuses on doing just that with not only her clients but our sports facility representatives and hoteliers. Stephanie just celebrated her third anniversary at the FACVB, but she also brings to our table a total of over 17 years of experience working in the hospitality sales industry. In 2001, Stephanie took a job at the Sands Resorts as a reservations agent for seven oceanfront properties in Myrtle Beach. By the time she left that resort, seven years later, she was Director of Sales & Marketing. Over the following eight years, Stephanie gained even more experience working in such popular destinations as Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Ultimately, her dream was to work for a Convention and Visitors Bureau, knowing she would enjoy the challenge of working with clients to ensure their event’s success, from start to finish . Since Stephanie joined the FACVB team, she has made it her mission to grow the sports market here and to strengthen relationships with our facilities and accommodations. As I was talking with her about a few of her most successful and rewarding client experiences, she shared with me why Cumberland County’s “big-city amenities with small-town prices” have proven to attract (and keep) a range of Sports Events. Champions in Motion Sports organizers are always seeking affordable facilities to hold their events and affordable accommodations to host their teams and families. When selling the Fayetteville area to potential clients, Stephanie makes a point to brag on our Crown Complex, one of the most affordable East Coast venues for hosting sporting events. Additionally, the Crown’s five different facilities—all within walking distance of one another—make team travel and event coordination logistically easier. As an example, teams use the Crown Arena for warm-ups, Crown Coliseum for competitions, and Crown Theatre for awards ceremonies. For those reasons, Rock Hood, Owner/CEO of Champions in Motion, moved his regional cheerleading competitions to Fayetteville in 2018. Twice a year now, teams and families travel from Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, and all over North Carolina to compete at the Crown Coliseum. Not only has Stephanie worked alongside the Crown’s staff to ensure these events go off without a hitch, but she has also played an integral role in securing affordable room rates at multiple host hotels. Approximately 9,500 people attend and/or compete in these events, which are open to the public. At the last Champions in Motion competition, in May, there were an estimated 2,500 room nights. The Estimated Economic Impact, or EEI, on Cumberland County was $1.6 million—representing tourism dollars being spent on the local economy and, ultimately, tax savings for our residents. Champions in Motion’s Director of Events, Dakota Hood, recently shared some feedback about their experience here: “We have been to other cities, but our relationship with the FACVB and Crown Coliseum has helped grow our competitions into an event bigger than ever before.” As of now, we can expect to host Champions in Motion through 2020, and Stephanie will be working alongside the Crown and our hotel partners to ensure this organization continues to choose Cumberland County for years to come. Big South Baseball Championship Just as soon as the City of Fayetteville put plans in place to build Segra Stadium in downtown Fayetteville last year, they went after the Big South Conference to sell Segra as a potential host for the Big South Baseball Championship, an NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. The Houston Astros were bringing their new Class-A Advanced Affiliate, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, to Cumberland County, and their new stadium offered massive potential for attracting a range of sporting events. Big South was impressed enough with everything Segra, the FACVB, and the city promised that they announced their decision last fall to hold the 2019-2021 championships here, months before stadium construction was even completed. Stephanie immediately got to work on securing nine host hotels for Big South’s employees, teams, and umpires. She also worked alongside other FACVB and city staff on ensuring Big South met the requirements for a Tourism Development Authority grant. Additionally, when the Fayetteville Woodpeckers’ staff was tasked with organizing practice sites for the teams, Stephanie was able to assist them in finding the ideal fields. This past May, Big South’s ten competing teams descended on Fayetteville for their five-day tournament—all of which was televised on various ESPN channels. Post-event, the host hotels reported a total of 669 room nights, resulting in an EEI of $598,500. Not surprisingly, Big South’s Director of Broadcast Services and Development, Mark Bryant, shared in a follow-up email that Stephanie was “as instrumental as anyone in making the tournament work.” He went on to state, “She got our teams situated with hotels, she solved problems I brought to her attention, and she even solved problems before I knew they existed. Outstanding work, and hugely appreciated.” As for Stephanie, she believes Big South has brought Fayetteville to the forefront even more as a premier sports destination and knows that tournament represents the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the sporting events Segra has the potential to host over the coming years. Hoops & Dreams Showcase Sometimes Stephanie works with groups that may not have as big of an economic impact on the area, but they certainly leave an impact on the community in other ways. The Hoops & Dreams Showcase, a high school basketball tournament, is a great example of that type of event, and it represents the vision of its founder, Marva Lucas-Moore. When Marva’s daughter was still attending a local high school, Marva started the Showcase to grant kids an opportunity to play in front of college recruiters and possibly be awarded scholarships to top-notch schools. Marva’s daughter had already been playing on national stages, in front of recruiters and coaches, and Marva recognized the fact big talent was coming out of not only Cumberland County schools, but other areas as well. Not all families can afford to send their kids on trips to showcases around the country, so Hoops & Dreams was Marva’s attempt at bringing those recruiters to Fayetteville’s front door. Last year, teams from West Virginia, Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina all showed off their skills at Methodist University’s (MU) March F. Riddle Center. Not only did this event put the national spotlight on these players, but it also showed off everything MU has to offer in terms of its multipurpose arena, other campus facilities, and educational opportunities. College recruiters traveled to Fayetteville from around North Carolina and other states to watch these kids put all their talent on the floor, and approximately 2,000 people attended the three-day Showcase. For this event, Stephanie helped secure Riddle Center and ensured our hotels offered the traveling teams family-friendly rates. Marva “loved the location at Methodist University” and had nothing but positive things to say about her experience working with Stephanie and the FACVB: “We really appreciate the support and love CVB has provided us from year one. CVB has helped us with finding hotels for our teams and family to stay while visiting Fayetteville. CVB staff stay in constant contact with us and support our event each year.” Though Marva’s daughter is now a college freshman, attending and playing for NC State on a full-ride, Marva remains committed to Hoops & Dreams and its potential to give other talented kids the same opportunity as her daughter had. This November, the Showcase will be returning to MU for its third year, and Stephanie expects it to continue to grow, spotlight athletes, and impact the community. These three clients represent the more popular Sports Events our sales team helps facilitate here; however, they also work with wrestling, gymnastics, skeet-shooting, and other niche groups. Not only does our team know our Facilities and Accommodations inside and out, but their strong relationships with staff prove to make all the difference in ensuring the success of these events. Are you interested in bringing your sports tournament or event to Cumberland County? Here are "5 Reasons to Hold Your Tourney in Cumberland County." The FACVB also offers a great resource in the form of our digital Sports Guide, which provides comprehensive details on our many parks, recreation centers, fields, courts, and other sports facilities. Additionally, you can get a good picture of what these sites offer by watching the sports facilities videos featured on the FACVB’s YouTube Channel. Finally, I would also encourage you to reach out to our Sports Sales Manager directly at (910) 835-5089. 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The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (FACVB) Sports Sales Manager, Stephanie Decatur, estimates 75% of our sports leads come from those three. I recently sat down with Stephanie to discuss her role in selling this area as a sports destination, and she summed up why we’re such a good fit for these types of events. Simply put, “Cumberland County offers big-city amenities with small-town prices.” Stephanie knows that fact is one of our greatest strengths when it comes to competing with bigger cities for bookings, and she makes it her mission to prove to organizers that our Facilities and Accommodations are significantly more affordable than much of our competition’s. Additionally, she recognizes the importance of relationship building, and she focuses on doing just that with not only her clients but our sports facility representatives and hoteliers. Stephanie just celebrated her third anniversary at the FACVB, but she also brings to our table a total of over 17 years of experience working in the hospitality sales industry. In 2001, Stephanie took a job at the Sands Resorts as a reservations agent for seven oceanfront properties in Myrtle Beach. By the time she left that resort, seven years later, she was Director of Sales & Marketing. Over the following eight years, Stephanie gained even more experience working in such popular destinations as Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Ultimately, her dream was to work for a Convention and Visitors Bureau, knowing she would enjoy the challenge of working with clients to ensure their event’s success, from start to finish . Since Stephanie joined the FACVB team, she has made it her mission to grow the sports market here and to strengthen relationships with our facilities and accommodations. As I was talking with her about a few of her most successful and rewarding client experiences, she shared with me why Cumberland County’s “big-city amenities with small-town prices” have proven to attract (and keep) a range of Sports Events. Champions in Motion Sports organizers are always seeking affordable facilities to hold their events and affordable accommodations to host their teams and families. When selling the Fayetteville area to potential clients, Stephanie makes a point to brag on our Crown Complex, one of the most affordable East Coast venues for hosting sporting events. Additionally, the Crown’s five different facilities—all within walking distance of one another—make team travel and event coordination logistically easier. As an example, teams use the Crown Arena for warm-ups, Crown Coliseum for competitions, and Crown Theatre for awards ceremonies. For those reasons, Rock Hood, Owner/CEO of Champions in Motion, moved his regional cheerleading competitions to Fayetteville in 2018. Twice a year now, teams and families travel from Tennessee, Virginia, South Carolina, and all over North Carolina to compete at the Crown Coliseum. Not only has Stephanie worked alongside the Crown’s staff to ensure these events go off without a hitch, but she has also played an integral role in securing affordable room rates at multiple host hotels. Approximately 9,500 people attend and/or compete in these events, which are open to the public. At the last Champions in Motion competition, in May, there were an estimated 2,500 room nights. The Estimated Economic Impact, or EEI, on Cumberland County was $1.6 million—representing tourism dollars being spent on the local economy and, ultimately, tax savings for our residents. Champions in Motion’s Director of Events, Dakota Hood, recently shared some feedback about their experience here: “We have been to other cities, but our relationship with the FACVB and Crown Coliseum has helped grow our competitions into an event bigger than ever before.” As of now, we can expect to host Champions in Motion through 2020, and Stephanie will be working alongside the Crown and our hotel partners to ensure this organization continues to choose Cumberland County for years to come. Big South Baseball Championship Just as soon as the City of Fayetteville put plans in place to build Segra Stadium in downtown Fayetteville last year, they went after the Big South Conference to sell Segra as a potential host for the Big South Baseball Championship, an NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. The Houston Astros were bringing their new Class-A Advanced Affiliate, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, to Cumberland County, and their new stadium offered massive potential for attracting a range of sporting events. Big South was impressed enough with everything Segra, the FACVB, and the city promised that they announced their decision last fall to hold the 2019-2021 championships here, months before stadium construction was even completed. Stephanie immediately got to work on securing nine host hotels for Big South’s employees, teams, and umpires. She also worked alongside other FACVB and city staff on ensuring Big South met the requirements for a Tourism Development Authority grant. Additionally, when the Fayetteville Woodpeckers’ staff was tasked with organizing practice sites for the teams, Stephanie was able to assist them in finding the ideal fields. This past May, Big South’s ten competing teams descended on Fayetteville for their five-day tournament—all of which was televised on various ESPN channels. Post-event, the host hotels reported a total of 669 room nights, resulting in an EEI of $598,500. Not surprisingly, Big South’s Director of Broadcast Services and Development, Mark Bryant, shared in a follow-up email that Stephanie was “as instrumental as anyone in making the tournament work.” He went on to state, “She got our teams situated with hotels, she solved problems I brought to her attention, and she even solved problems before I knew they existed. Outstanding work, and hugely appreciated.” As for Stephanie, she believes Big South has brought Fayetteville to the forefront even more as a premier sports destination and knows that tournament represents the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the sporting events Segra has the potential to host over the coming years. Hoops & Dreams Showcase Sometimes Stephanie works with groups that may not have as big of an economic impact on the area, but they certainly leave an impact on the community in other ways. The Hoops & Dreams Showcase, a high school basketball tournament, is a great example of that type of event, and it represents the vision of its founder, Marva Lucas-Moore. When Marva’s daughter was still attending a local high school, Marva started the Showcase to grant kids an opportunity to play in front of college recruiters and possibly be awarded scholarships to top-notch schools. Marva’s daughter had already been playing on national stages, in front of recruiters and coaches, and Marva recognized the fact big talent was coming out of not only Cumberland County schools, but other areas as well. Not all families can afford to send their kids on trips to showcases around the country, so Hoops & Dreams was Marva’s attempt at bringing those recruiters to Fayetteville’s front door. Last year, teams from West Virginia, Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina all showed off their skills at Methodist University’s (MU) March F. Riddle Center. Not only did this event put the national spotlight on these players, but it also showed off everything MU has to offer in terms of its multipurpose arena, other campus facilities, and educational opportunities. College recruiters traveled to Fayetteville from around North Carolina and other states to watch these kids put all their talent on the floor, and approximately 2,000 people attended the three-day Showcase. For this event, Stephanie helped secure Riddle Center and ensured our hotels offered the traveling teams family-friendly rates. Marva “loved the location at Methodist University” and had nothing but positive things to say about her experience working with Stephanie and the FACVB: “We really appreciate the support and love CVB has provided us from year one. CVB has helped us with finding hotels for our teams and family to stay while visiting Fayetteville. CVB staff stay in constant contact with us and support our event each year.” Though Marva’s daughter is now a college freshman, attending and playing for NC State on a full-ride, Marva remains committed to Hoops & Dreams and its potential to give other talented kids the same opportunity as her daughter had. This November, the Showcase will be returning to MU for its third year, and Stephanie expects it to continue to grow, spotlight athletes, and impact the community. These three clients represent the more popular Sports Events our sales team helps facilitate here; however, they also work with wrestling, gymnastics, skeet-shooting, and other niche groups. Not only does our team know our Facilities and Accommodations inside and out, but their strong relationships with staff prove to make all the difference in ensuring the success of these events. Are you interested in bringing your sports tournament or event to Cumberland County? Here are "5 Reasons to Hold Your Tourney in Cumberland County." The FACVB also offers a great resource in the form of our digital Sports Guide, which provides comprehensive details on our many parks, recreation centers, fields, courts, and other sports facilities. Additionally, you can get a good picture of what these sites offer by watching the sports facilities videos featured on the FACVB’s YouTube Channel. Finally, I would also encourage you to reach out to our Sports Sales Manager directly at (910) 835-5089. 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Cumberland County is home to several excellent museums that educate our visitors on the vast military history that has taken place here and abroad. Then there are dozens of military monuments and memorials, spread all over the county, reminding us of all the brave souls who answered the call of duty. Although thousands of military members transition in and out of Fort Bragg every year, you will find many veterans choose to call this area "home" or to return here for visits and reunions with their comrades. For good reason. Whether it's a formal occasion or a casual gathering, every day is a reunion in Cumberland County. We're proud of the many ways our communities honor and celebrate our bravest year-round, supporting their "pursuit of brotherhood."

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Since May is when we recognize National Military Appreciation Month, I wanted to introduce our visitors to a few patriots whose lives of service have been forever memorialized here. In Part I of this two-part series, I shared about an African-American fifer who was buried with full military honors, a Union officer who went against his family's loyalties, and our first hometown patriot to be killed in action in World War I. Now I'm delving into the stories behind three other monuments that represent some of our bravest forces. Let me introduce you to the iconic symbol of our paratroopers, to a Special Forces soldier who was "a James Bond in real life," and to the last U.S. soldier to pay the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq. As I've said before, you truly can’t turn a corner here without tripping over our military history, and these are the heroes who made that history.

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It would be difficult to choose just one WWII hero to feature here, as Cumberland County can boast many heroes borne out of that war. WWII was the one that brought two airborne divisions to Fort Bragg, forever impacting this base and the communities that surround it; in 1942, both the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions were activated at Bragg, and airborne forces have been a presence here ever since.

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The Airborne Trooper—more commonly known as “Iron Mike”—is the striking statue visitors to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum see as they are walking up to the entrance. Iron Mike serves as a reminder of the paratrooper, clad in a WWII uniform, who served his country. However, Lieutenant General Robert Sink proposed the design of this statue to pay tribute to all paratroopers, regardless of which war era they served in, and that it does.

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Leah Hiebert, the wife of a deputy post chaplain, was the remarkable sculptor who brought this vision to life, using a model dressed in a WWII uniform and combat equipment. She worked with steel as the supporting material and used steel mesh to outline the basic details. This impressive statue measured over 16 feet tall, weighed over 3,000 pounds, and was quite a daunting figure.

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During the dedication ceremony, in 1961, Lieutenant General T.J.H. Trapnell declared, “The paratrooper is now a symbol to freedom-seeking peoples throughout the world.” Since that ceremony, the statue has been moved from its original location on Fort Bragg twice, once because it had become a target for antiwar protesters during the Vietnam War.

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In 2010, after restoration and a final relocation to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, Iron Mike was rededicated on National Airborne Day in front of a crowd of approximately 5,000 people. Today, you’ll also find a bronze replica of Iron Mike on Fort Bragg, in the original statue’s second location. (Original Statue - 100 Bragg Boulevard, Fayetteville; Replica Statue - Randolph and Armistead Streets, Fort Bragg)

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Discover More —> The Airborne and Special Operations Museum is one of our most prized attractions, drawing around 130,000 visitors annually. Every year, the museum continues its tradition of celebrating National Airborne Day, and this year’s event will be in celebration of the airborne forces’ 79th anniversary.

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The Major Richard “Dick” Meadows Statue is almost an exact likeness of the U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, intelligence operator, and combat leader whose impressive military career spanned a total of 30 years. Major Meadows joined the Army at age 15 or 16, in 1947, and quickly rose in rank to master sergeant by age 20—an unbelievable feat.

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Not only did he serve in the Korean War, but also in the Vietnam Conflict. Just one of the operations he led was as team leader for the Son Tay Raid—an unsuccessful, though well executed, attempt to rescue U.S. prisoners of war in Vietnam in 1970. He’s also known as one of the key influencers in the establishment of the Delta Force, a secretive military task force. Even after retiring, he continued to serve in an advisory capacity. During his lifetime, he was awarded the Presidential Citizen's Medal for Distinguished Service by then President Clinton. Other awards of his included the Distinguished Service Cross and a Bronze Star Medal.

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After Major Meadows had passed away in 1995, H. Ross Perot proposed to Lieutenant General Peter Shoomaker the idea of the monument. The sculptor, Lawrence M. Ludtke, wanted it to be as authentic as possible, so he had Meadows’ grandson pose for him. The finished piece stands approximately eight feet tall and weighs 900 pounds. He’s carrying a Car-15 semi-automatic rifle and is dressed in full combat gear.

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In his dedication ceremony speech, Perot called Major Meadows “a James Bond in real life.” It’s only fitting the massive bronze statue would be placed outside the U.S. Army Special Operations Command headquarters. The field adjacent to the statue is the Meadows Memorial Parade Field, also named in Meadows’ honor. (2929 Desert Storm Drive and Yadkin Road, Fort Bragg)

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Discover More —> Visitors interested in learning more about Major Meadows and the history of the U.S. Army Special Operations and Special Forces units would do well to explore the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum and the fascinating exhibits that showcase the unique role these elite forces have played in the history of unconventional warfare. (Building D-2502, Ardennes and Zabitosky Streets, Fort Bragg)

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Less than five weeks before the official end of the withdrawal from Iraq, U.S. Army Specialist David Hickman was killed by a roadside bomb on November 14, 2011. Spc. Hickman had served in the esteemed 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division since enlisting in the Army in 2009. Tragically, this high school linebacker and taekwondo black belt was two weeks out from being shipped home to his new bride.

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The 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment's history dates to World War I, even before paratroopers were jumping out of planes. More recently, it played a critical role in the initial invasion of Iraq by ground troops, in 2003. This regiment continued to deploy repeatedly over the war’s 10-year history and even following the official withdrawal of troops from Iraq. The 82nd Airborne Division, in general, has suffered more than its fair share of casualties in both Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) arenas—more specifically, 256 casualties, as of today's date.

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Early in the wars, the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum erected a Global War on Terrorism Memorial on its grounds. The words, “In Memory of the Paratroopers Who Gave Their Lives in Support of the Global War on Terrorism” are etched into the front of this obelisk, granite monument. The other three sides are covered by paratroopers’ names. In fact, in just three years, the museum ran out of room to list the names of every one of “The All Americans,” so they expanded the memorial by adding a series of panels behind it, in 2008.

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If you visit the memorial today, you’ll find Spc. Hickman’s name etched into one of those panels, alongside 255 of his All American brothers and sisters in arms. As a friend of his remarked to a journalist, “[David] wasn’t going to go out quietly. He’s going to go down with a place in history.” We will certainly never forget this paratrooper’s life, sacrifice, and place in history. (Building C-6841 Ardennes Street, Fort Bragg)

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Discover More —> The newly renovated 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum is yet another Fort Bragg museum well worth visiting, for an in-depth look at the crucial role this famed division has played in multiple wars and conflicts all over the world; do not overlook the museum's Air Park, either, as that is where you can get an up-close look at several retired military aircraft.

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Interested in planning a military reunion, whether formally or casually? The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) plays an integral role in helping units organize reunions, from finding venues to accommodations. I'd encourage you to consider the FACVB to be your best resource in making that happen and to start by checking out the great information they've shared on their Planning a Military Reunion site.

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Then it's just a matter of planning your leisure time here. The "Pursuit of Brotherhood" video above gives just a few examples of what our veterans enjoy doing on a visit to the Fayetteville area. You'll discover many historical sites of interest on our Cultural Heritage Trails and Military Sites. Lastly, the FACVB's Calendar of Events features our communities' military events and other visitor-friendly happenings that occur here year-round. Come join us in "America's Hometown," where every day is a reunion!

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Please note that some of the above facts, pertaining to our monuments, was sourced from the "Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina" site.

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Cumberland County is home to several excellent museums that educate our visitors on the vast military history that has taken place here and abroad. Then there are dozens of military monuments and memorials, spread

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In Part I of this two-part series, I shared about an African-American fifer who was buried with full military honors, a Union officer who went against his family's loyalties, and our first hometown patriot to be killed in action in World War I. Now I'm delving into the stories behind three other monuments that represent some of our bravest forces. Let me introduce you to the iconic symbol of our paratroopers, to a Special Forces soldier who was "a James Bond in real life," and to the last U.S. soldier to pay the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq. As I've said before, you truly can’t turn a corner here without tripping over our military history, and these are the heroes who made that history. It would be difficult to choose just one WWII hero to feature here, as Cumberland County can boast many heroes borne out of that war. WWII was the one that brought two airborne divisions to Fort Bragg, forever impacting this base and the communities that surround it; in 1942, both the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions were activated at Bragg, and airborne forces have been a presence here ever since. The Airborne Trooper—more commonly known as “Iron Mike”—is the striking statue visitors to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum see as they are walking up to the entrance. Iron Mike serves as a reminder of the paratrooper, clad in a WWII uniform, who served his country. However, Lieutenant General Robert Sink proposed the design of this statue to pay tribute to all paratroopers, regardless of which war era they served in, and that it does. Leah Hiebert, the wife of a deputy post chaplain, was the remarkable sculptor who brought this vision to life, using a model dressed in a WWII uniform and combat equipment. She worked with steel as the supporting material and used steel mesh to outline the basic details. This impressive statue measured over 16 feet tall, weighed over 3,000 pounds, and was quite a daunting figure. During the dedication ceremony, in 1961, Lieutenant General T.J.H. Trapnell declared, “The paratrooper is now a symbol to freedom-seeking peoples throughout the world.” Since that ceremony, the statue has been moved from its original location on Fort Bragg twice, once because it had become a target for antiwar protesters during the Vietnam War. In 2010, after restoration and a final relocation to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, Iron Mike was rededicated on National Airborne Day in front of a crowd of approximately 5,000 people. Today, you’ll also find a bronze replica of Iron Mike on Fort Bragg, in the original statue’s second location. (Original Statue - 100 Bragg Boulevard, Fayetteville; Replica Statue - Randolph and Armistead Streets, Fort Bragg) Discover More —> The Airborne and Special Operations Museum is one of our most prized attractions, drawing around 130,000 visitors annually. Every year, the museum continues its tradition of celebrating National Airborne Day, and this year’s event will be in celebration of the airborne forces’ 79th anniversary. The Major Richard “Dick” Meadows Statue is almost an exact likeness of the U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, intelligence operator, and combat leader whose impressive military career spanned a total of 30 years. Major Meadows joined the Army at age 15 or 16, in 1947, and quickly rose in rank to master sergeant by age 20—an unbelievable feat. Not only did he serve in the Korean War, but also in the Vietnam Conflict. Just one of the operations he led was as team leader for the Son Tay Raid—an unsuccessful, though well executed, attempt to rescue U.S. prisoners of war in Vietnam in 1970. He’s also known as one of the key influencers in the establishment of the Delta Force, a secretive military task force. Even after retiring, he continued to serve in an advisory capacity. During his lifetime, he was awarded the Presidential Citizen's Medal for Distinguished Service by then President Clinton. Other awards of his included the Distinguished Service Cross and a Bronze Star Medal. After Major Meadows had passed away in 1995, H. Ross Perot proposed to Lieutenant General Peter Shoomaker the idea of the monument. The sculptor, Lawrence M. Ludtke, wanted it to be as authentic as possible, so he had Meadows’ grandson pose for him. The finished piece stands approximately eight feet tall and weighs 900 pounds. He’s carrying a Car-15 semi-automatic rifle and is dressed in full combat gear. In his dedication ceremony speech, Perot called Major Meadows “a James Bond in real life.” It’s only fitting the massive bronze statue would be placed outside the U.S. Army Special Operations Command headquarters. The field adjacent to the statue is the Meadows Memorial Parade Field, also named in Meadows’ honor. (2929 Desert Storm Drive and Yadkin Road, Fort Bragg) Discover More —> Visitors interested in learning more about Major Meadows and the history of the U.S. Army Special Operations and Special Forces units would do well to explore the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum and the fascinating exhibits that showcase the unique role these elite forces have played in the history of unconventional warfare. (Building D-2502, Ardennes and Zabitosky Streets, Fort Bragg) Less than five weeks before the official end of the withdrawal from Iraq, U.S. Army Specialist David Hickman was killed by a roadside bomb on November 14, 2011. Spc. Hickman had served in the esteemed 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division since enlisting in the Army in 2009. Tragically, this high school linebacker and taekwondo black belt was two weeks out from being shipped home to his new bride. The 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment's history dates to World War I, even before paratroopers were jumping out of planes. More recently, it played a critical role in the initial invasion of Iraq by ground troops, in 2003. This regiment continued to deploy repeatedly over the war’s 10-year history and even following the official withdrawal of troops from Iraq. The 82nd Airborne Division, in general, has suffered more than its fair share of casualties in both Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) arenas—more specifically, 256 casualties, as of today's date. Early in the wars, the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum erected a Global War on Terrorism Memorial on its grounds. The words, “In Memory of the Paratroopers Who Gave Their Lives in Support of the Global War on Terrorism” are etched into the front of this obelisk, granite monument. The other three sides are covered by paratroopers’ names. In fact, in just three years, the museum ran out of room to list the names of every one of “The All Americans,” so they expanded the memorial by adding a series of panels behind it, in 2008. If you visit the memorial today, you’ll find Spc. Hickman’s name etched into one of those panels, alongside 255 of his All American brothers and sisters in arms. As a friend of his remarked to a journalist, “[David] wasn’t going to go out quietly. He’s going to go down with a place in history.” We will certainly never forget this paratrooper’s life, sacrifice, and place in history. (Building C-6841 Ardennes Street, Fort Bragg) Discover More —> The newly renovated 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum is yet another Fort Bragg museum well worth visiting, for an in-depth look at the crucial role this famed division has played in multiple wars and conflicts all over the world; do not overlook the museum's Air Park, either, as that is where you can get an up-close look at several retired military aircraft. Interested in planning a military reunion, whether formally or casually? The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) plays an integral role in helping units organize reunions, from finding venues to accommodations. I'd encourage you to consider the FACVB to be your best resource in making that happen and to start by checking out the great information they've shared on their Planning a Military Reunion site. Then it's just a matter of planning your leisure time here. The "Pursuit of Brotherhood" video above gives just a few examples of what our veterans enjoy doing on a visit to the Fayetteville area. You'll discover many historical sites of interest on our Cultural Heritage Trails and Military Sites. Lastly, the FACVB's Calendar of Events features our communities' military events and other visitor-friendly happenings that occur here year-round. Come join us in "America's Hometown," where every day is a reunion! Please note that some of the above facts, pertaining to our monuments, was sourced from the "Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina" site.","id":"5f2c6e144f31a434bca0a7a5","url":"/blog/list/post/military-monuments-fayetteville-2/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/military-monuments-fayetteville-2/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/military-monuments-fayetteville-2/","metaTitle":"The Stories Behind Cumberland County's Military Monuments, Part II - Go Fayetteville","metaDescription":"Our military monuments and memorials are just one way our communities honor our bravest and why we continue to support our veterans' pursuit of brotherhood.","cleanDescription":"Cumberland County is home to several excellent museums that educate our visitors on the vast military history that has taken place here and abroad. Then there are dozens of military monuments and memorials, spread all over the county, reminding us of all the brave souls who answered the call of duty. Although thousands of military members transition in and out of Fort Bragg every year, you will find many veterans choose to call this area "home" or to return here for visits and reunions with their comrades. For good reason. Whether it's a formal occasion or a casual gathering, every day is a reunion in Cumberland County . We're proud of the many ways our communities honor and celebrate our bravest year-round, supporting their "pursuit of brotherhood." Since May is when we recognize National Military Appreciation Month, I wanted to introduce our visitors to a few patriots whose lives of service have been forever memorialized here. In Part I of this two-part series, I shared about an African-American fifer who was buried with full military honors, a Union officer who went against his family's loyalties, and our first hometown patriot to be killed in action in World War I. Now I'm delving into the stories behind three other monuments that represent some of our bravest forces. Let me introduce you to the iconic symbol of our paratroopers, to a Special Forces soldier who was "a James Bond in real life," and to the last U.S. soldier to pay the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq. As I've said before, you truly can’t turn a corner here without tripping over our military history, and these are the heroes who made that history. It would be difficult to choose just one WWII hero to feature here, as Cumberland County can boast many heroes borne out of that war. WWII was the one that brought two airborne divisions to Fort Bragg, forever impacting this base and the communities that surround it; in 1942, both the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions were activated at Bragg, and airborne forces have been a presence here ever since. The Airborne Trooper—more commonly known as “Iron Mike”—is the striking statue visitors to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum see as they are walking up to the entrance. Iron Mike serves as a reminder of the paratrooper, clad in a WWII uniform, who served his country. However, Lieutenant General Robert Sink proposed the design of this statue to pay tribute to all paratroopers, regardless of which war era they served in, and that it does. Leah Hiebert, the wife of a deputy post chaplain, was the remarkable sculptor who brought this vision to life, using a model dressed in a WWII uniform and combat equipment. She worked with steel as the supporting material and used steel mesh to outline the basic details. This impressive statue measured over 16 feet tall, weighed over 3,000 pounds, and was quite a daunting figure. During the dedication ceremony, in 1961, Lieutenant General T.J.H. Trapnell declared, “The paratrooper is now a symbol to freedom-seeking peoples throughout the world.” Since that ceremony, the statue has been moved from its original location on Fort Bragg twice, once because it had become a target for antiwar protesters during the Vietnam War. In 2010, after restoration and a final relocation to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum, Iron Mike was rededicated on National Airborne Day in front of a crowd of approximately 5,000 people. Today, you’ll also find a bronze replica of Iron Mike on Fort Bragg, in the original statue’s second location. (Original Statue - 100 Bragg Boulevard, Fayetteville; Replica Statue - Randolph and Armistead Streets, Fort Bragg) Discover More —> The Airborne and Special Operations Museum is one of our most prized attractions, drawing around 130,000 visitors annually. Every year, the museum continues its tradition of celebrating National Airborne Day, and this year’s event will be in celebration of the airborne forces’ 79th anniversary. The Major Richard “Dick” Meadows Statue is almost an exact likeness of the U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, intelligence operator, and combat leader whose impressive military career spanned a total of 30 years. Major Meadows joined the Army at age 15 or 16, in 1947, and quickly rose in rank to master sergeant by age 20—an unbelievable feat. Not only did he serve in the Korean War, but also in the Vietnam Conflict. Just one of the operations he led was as team leader for the Son Tay Raid—an unsuccessful, though well executed, attempt to rescue U.S. prisoners of war in Vietnam in 1970. He’s also known as one of the key influencers in the establishment of the Delta Force, a secretive military task force. Even after retiring, he continued to serve in an advisory capacity. During his lifetime, he was awarded the Presidential Citizen's Medal for Distinguished Service by then President Clinton. Other awards of his included the Distinguished Service Cross and a Bronze Star Medal. After Major Meadows had passed away in 1995, H. Ross Perot proposed to Lieutenant General Peter Shoomaker the idea of the monument. The sculptor, Lawrence M. Ludtke, wanted it to be as authentic as possible, so he had Meadows’ grandson pose for him. The finished piece stands approximately eight feet tall and weighs 900 pounds. He’s carrying a Car-15 semi-automatic rifle and is dressed in full combat gear. In his dedication ceremony speech, Perot called Major Meadows “a James Bond in real life.” It’s only fitting the massive bronze statue would be placed outside the U.S. Army Special Operations Command headquarters. The field adjacent to the statue is the Meadows Memorial Parade Field, also named in Meadows’ honor. (2929 Desert Storm Drive and Yadkin Road, Fort Bragg) Discover More —> Visitors interested in learning more about Major Meadows and the history of the U.S. Army Special Operations and Special Forces units would do well to explore the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum and the fascinating exhibits that showcase the unique role these elite forces have played in the history of unconventional warfare. (Building D-2502, Ardennes and Zabitosky Streets, Fort Bragg) Less than five weeks before the official end of the withdrawal from Iraq, U.S. Army Specialist David Hickman was killed by a roadside bomb on November 14, 2011. Spc. Hickman had served in the esteemed 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division since enlisting in the Army in 2009. Tragically, this high school linebacker and taekwondo black belt was two weeks out from being shipped home to his new bride. The 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment's history dates to World War I, even before paratroopers were jumping out of planes. More recently, it played a critical role in the initial invasion of Iraq by ground troops, in 2003. This regiment continued to deploy repeatedly over the war’s 10-year history and even following the official withdrawal of troops from Iraq. The 82nd Airborne Division, in general, has suffered more than its fair share of casualties in both Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) arenas—more specifically, 256 casualties, as of today's date. Early in the wars, the 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum erected a Global War on Terrorism Memorial on its grounds. The words, “In Memory of the Paratroopers Who Gave Their Lives in Support of the Global War on Terrorism” are etched into the front of this obelisk, granite monument. The other three sides are covered by paratroopers’ names. In fact, in just three years, the museum ran out of room to list the names of every one of “The All Americans,” so they expanded the memorial by adding a series of panels behind it, in 2008. If you visit the memorial today, you’ll find Spc. Hickman’s name etched into one of those panels, alongside 255 of his All American brothers and sisters in arms. As a friend of his remarked to a journalist, “[David] wasn’t going to go out quietly. He’s going to go down with a place in history.” We will certainly never forget this paratrooper’s life, sacrifice, and place in history. (Building C-6841 Ardennes Street, Fort Bragg) Discover More —> The newly renovated 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum is yet another Fort Bragg museum well worth visiting, for an in-depth look at the crucial role this famed division has played in multiple wars and conflicts all over the world; do not overlook the museum's Air Park, either, as that is where you can get an up-close look at several retired military aircraft. Interested in planning a military reunion, whether formally or casually? The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) plays an integral role in helping units organize reunions, from finding venues to accommodations. I'd encourage you to consider the FACVB to be your best resource in making that happen and to start by checking out the great information they've shared on their Planning a Military Reunion site. Then it's just a matter of planning your leisure time here. The "Pursuit of Brotherhood" video above gives just a few examples of what our veterans enjoy doing on a visit to the Fayetteville area. You'll discover many historical sites of interest on our Cultural Heritage Trails and Military Sites. Lastly, the FACVB's Calendar of Events features our communities' military events and other visitor-friendly happenings that occur here year-round. Come join us in "America's Hometown," where every day is a reunion! 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The communities of Cumberland County can boast countless historic markers, monuments, and memorials that tell the stories of those service members and esteemed units who have fought on either U.S. soil or abroad. While we have been home to the largest U.S. Army base, Fort Bragg, for over 100 years now, Cumberland County’s history predates the Revolutionary War. For that reason, you truly can’t turn a corner here without tripping over our vast military history.

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Just in the last two years alone, the communities of Cumberland County have organized dozens of Heroes Homecoming events; hosted two traveling wall war memorials; celebrated the centennial anniversaries of World War I and Fort Bragg; and held too many other significant, military-focused events to list here. No matter what time of year you visit our historic area, though, there are endless sites of interest to discover.

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Since May happens to be when we recognize National Military Appreciation Month, I’d like to introduce our visitors to a few patriots whose lives of service have been forever memorialized here. In Part I of this two-part series, you'll learn about an African-American fifer who was buried with full military honors, a Union officer who went against his family's loyalties, and our first hometown patriot to be killed in action in World War I. These are the stories of bravery and sacrifice, devotion to country, and the relentless pursuit of freedom that make up the fabric of what we proudly call “America’s Hometown.”

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An African-American Fifer & Freedom Defender

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As I mentioned, Cumberland County’s history predates the Revolutionary War, and our American Independence Trail highlights some of the most interesting history pertaining to our revolutionary roots. Stop #3 on that trail is Fifer's Grave, otherwise known as the Isaac Hammond Memorial, which you will find located on the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (F.I.L.I.) Parade Grounds in downtown Fayetteville.

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We only know a few facts about Isaac Hammond, and one of those is he was an African-American fifer who served in the 10th NC Regiment Continental Line during the Revolutionary War. He then became the first fifer in the F.I.L.I., which is the oldest existing volunteer militia company in the South, and he served for 30 years.

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Remarkably, although he was an African American who couldn’t vote, Hammond was a free man who became a barber in town and was active in politics. Before he died, in 1822, Hammond asked to be buried on the F.I.L.I. Parade Grounds, so “he could be near the Company in spirit.” He was buried with full military honors, and now visitors to those grounds will find his memorial resting on that lovely plot of land, near Cross Creek. (Intersection of North Cool Spring Street and Meeting Street, Fayetteville)

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Discover More —> On that same American Independence Trail, you'll find nine other sites of interest to explore, and just one of those is the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, where exhibits tell the broader story of southern North Carolina and its fight for independence in the Revolutionary War. (801 Arsenal Avenue, Fayetteville)

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A Loyal Union Officer from a Confederate Family

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The Civil War arrived on Cumberland County's doorstep when General Sherman's troops marched into town on March 11, 1865. Our Civil War Trail paints a vivid picture of how our communities were impacted by this war by guiding visitors to 28 sites of significance all over the county. Since that trail was first organized, a newer historic marker, the Captain Alexander McRae Marker, was put in place on the grounds of our Old Historic Courthouse, and the story behind it is one of a previously unacknowledged Civil War hero.

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Captain Alexander McRae, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, was commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Mounted Rifles, which was later re-designated the U.S. Cavalry. What makes this West Point graduate’s story so remarkable? Well, it’s one of a few documented cases of the Civil War dividing a family’s loyalty. While Captain McRae’s four brothers chose to serve with the Confederacy, McRae served with the Union, retaining his federal commission. His father even wrote to him at one point during the war and begged him to switch his loyalties, but this officer never swayed.

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McRae took command over an artillery battery and was assigned duty in the Southwest. While fighting in the Battle of Valverde, New Mexico, McRae’s battery encountered Confederate troops from Texas and was overrun. McRae was wounded twice before succumbing to a third and fatal wound to the head on February 21, 1862. Sadly, the Fayetteville Observer didn’t report his death in a story on that very battle, and his service record was not celebrated in his own Confederate home state. The U.S. Army and New Mexico, though, honored him as one of the war’s early heroes.

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McRae’s body was eventually exhumed from its resting place in New Mexico and given a hero's escort on a trek across the country, from Army base to Army base. He was then laid to rest at the U.S. Cemetery at West Point, just four gravestones from General Armstrong Custer, while his four brothers had all been buried in Cumberland County. In 2013, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War ensured the McRae Marker was placed on his grandparents’ old homestead, the land where Fayetteville’s Old Historic Courthouse now stands. As his Commander, Colonel Canby, wrote, “Captain McRae died as he had lived, an example of the best and highest qualities that a man can possess.” (130 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville)

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Discover More —> There is so much to learn about Cumberland County’s Civil War history on the Civil War Trail, but you do not want to overlook stop #28, the Averasboro Battlefield and Museum, where the Battle of Averasboro was fought after General Sherman’s troops had razed the Fayetteville Arsenal. (3300 Highway 82, Godwin / Dunn)

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The 1st Cumberland County Patriot to Die in WWI

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Visitors to downtown Fayetteville might notice a small park at a busy intersection, across the street from the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. That would be Freedom Memorial Park, which is stop #25 on the Patriots, Past & Present Trail. Here you’ll find several war monuments, but the 6-foot-tall Cumberland County World War I Memorial is an especially striking one.

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The well-known “In Flanders Fields” poem is inscribed on the left side of that monument. On the right side, 17 soldiers’ names are listed underneath “In Memoriam to Cumberland County’s Fallen Sons.” The very first name you’ll see on that list is that of “Adcox, Cyrus P (Private, Army).” Born on April 19, 1894, Private Adcox served in the U.S. Army’s 1st Division. He entered the service from Georgia and was sent to France, where he was killed in action during the Battle of Cantigny, on May 28, 1918.

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As a clipping from the Fayetteville Observer’s weekly edition on August 28, 1918, states, a memorial service was held “in honor of Cyrus P. Adcox, who died on the battlefield in France, and was first Cumberland County man to make the supreme sacrifice for humanity in the present strife.” That service was held at Calvary Methodist Church, and the reverend and others spoke on Adcox’s character, as well as “his life and death as a patriot.”

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Sadly, as was the custom in WWI, Adcox’s body was never returned home. If you visited Picardie, France today, you’d find his grave-site, marked by a cross, in the Somme American Cemetery and Memorial. However, thanks to Freedom Memorial Park, Adcox’s name is forever memorialized in his hometown now. (Intersection of Hay Street and Bragg Boulevard)

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Discover More —> Stop #19 on the Patriots, Past & Present Trail is our Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, which is currently displaying the Fayetteville “Over There” – Centennial of World War I exhibit; artifacts, pictures, and more tell the stories of our own WWI veterans, such as Adcox, and their service. (325 Franklin Street, Fayetteville)

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Interested in discovering more? Part II of this blog series reveals the fascinating stories behind three more memorials. Also be sure to check out the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's other Cultural Heritage Trails and Military Sites, as there's an endless list of fascinating historic sites to be explored here. Additionally, the FACVB's Calendar of Events features our communities' military events and other visitor-friendly happenings that occur here year-round.

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Please note that much of the above information was sourced from the "Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina" site.

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The communities of Cumberland County can boast countless historic markers, monuments, and memorials that tell the stories of those service members and esteemed units who have fought on either U.S. soil or abroad.

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Since May happens to be when we recognize National Military Appreciation Month, I’d like to introduce our visitors to a few patriots whose lives of service have been forever memorialized here. In Part I of this two-part series, you'll learn about an African-American fifer who was buried with full military honors, a Union officer who went against his family's loyalties, and our first hometown patriot to be killed in action in World War I. These are the stories of bravery and sacrifice, devotion to country, and the relentless pursuit of freedom that make up the fabric of what we proudly call “America’s Hometown.” An African-American Fifer & Freedom Defender As I mentioned, Cumberland County’s history predates the Revolutionary War, and our American Independence Trail highlights some of the most interesting history pertaining to our revolutionary roots. Stop #3 on that trail is Fifer's Grave, otherwise known as the Isaac Hammond Memorial, which you will find located on the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (F.I.L.I.) Parade Grounds in downtown Fayetteville. We only know a few facts about Isaac Hammond, and one of those is he was an African-American fifer who served in the 10th NC Regiment Continental Line during the Revolutionary War. He then became the first fifer in the F.I.L.I., which is the oldest existing volunteer militia company in the South, and he served for 30 years. Remarkably, although he was an African American who couldn’t vote, Hammond was a free man who became a barber in town and was active in politics. Before he died, in 1822, Hammond asked to be buried on the F.I.L.I. Parade Grounds, so “he could be near the Company in spirit.” He was buried with full military honors, and now visitors to those grounds will find his memorial resting on that lovely plot of land, near Cross Creek. (Intersection of North Cool Spring Street and Meeting Street, Fayetteville) Discover More —> On that same American Independence Trail, you'll find nine other sites of interest to explore, and just one of those is the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, where exhibits tell the broader story of southern North Carolina and its fight for independence in the Revolutionary War. (801 Arsenal Avenue, Fayetteville) A Loyal Union Officer from a Confederate Family The Civil War arrived on Cumberland County's doorstep when General Sherman's troops marched into town on March 11, 1865. Our Civil War Trail paints a vivid picture of how our communities were impacted by this war by guiding visitors to 28 sites of significance all over the county. Since that trail was first organized, a newer historic marker, the Captain Alexander McRae Marker, was put in place on the grounds of our Old Historic Courthouse, and the story behind it is one of a previously unacknowledged Civil War hero. Captain Alexander McRae, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, was commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Mounted Rifles, which was later re-designated the U.S. Cavalry. What makes this West Point graduate’s story so remarkable? Well, it’s one of a few documented cases of the Civil War dividing a family’s loyalty. While Captain McRae’s four brothers chose to serve with the Confederacy, McRae served with the Union, retaining his federal commission. His father even wrote to him at one point during the war and begged him to switch his loyalties, but this officer never swayed. McRae took command over an artillery battery and was assigned duty in the Southwest. While fighting in the Battle of Valverde, New Mexico, McRae’s battery encountered Confederate troops from Texas and was overrun. McRae was wounded twice before succumbing to a third and fatal wound to the head on February 21, 1862. Sadly, the Fayetteville Observer didn’t report his death in a story on that very battle, and his service record was not celebrated in his own Confederate home state. The U.S. Army and New Mexico, though, honored him as one of the war’s early heroes. McRae’s body was eventually exhumed from its resting place in New Mexico and given a hero's escort on a trek across the country, from Army base to Army base. He was then laid to rest at the U.S. Cemetery at West Point, just four gravestones from General Armstrong Custer, while his four brothers had all been buried in Cumberland County. In 2013, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War ensured the McRae Marker was placed on his grandparents’ old homestead, the land where Fayetteville’s Old Historic Courthouse now stands. As his Commander, Colonel Canby, wrote, “Captain McRae died as he had lived, an example of the best and highest qualities that a man can possess.” (130 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville) Discover More —> There is so much to learn about Cumberland County’s Civil War history on the Civil War Trail, but you do not want to overlook stop #28, the Averasboro Battlefield and Museum, where the Battle of Averasboro was fought after General Sherman’s troops had razed the Fayetteville Arsenal. (3300 Highway 82, Godwin / Dunn) The 1st Cumberland County Patriot to Die in WWI Visitors to downtown Fayetteville might notice a small park at a busy intersection, across the street from the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. That would be Freedom Memorial Park, which is stop #25 on the Patriots, Past & Present Trail. Here you’ll find several war monuments, but the 6-foot-tall Cumberland County World War I Memorial is an especially striking one. The well-known “In Flanders Fields” poem is inscribed on the left side of that monument. On the right side, 17 soldiers’ names are listed underneath “In Memoriam to Cumberland County’s Fallen Sons.” The very first name you’ll see on that list is that of “Adcox, Cyrus P (Private, Army).” Born on April 19, 1894, Private Adcox served in the U.S. Army’s 1st Division. He entered the service from Georgia and was sent to France, where he was killed in action during the Battle of Cantigny, on May 28, 1918. As a clipping from the Fayetteville Observer ’s weekly edition on August 28, 1918, states, a memorial service was held “in honor of Cyrus P. Adcox, who died on the battlefield in France, and was first Cumberland County man to make the supreme sacrifice for humanity in the present strife.” That service was held at Calvary Methodist Church, and the reverend and others spoke on Adcox’s character, as well as “his life and death as a patriot.” Sadly, as was the custom in WWI, Adcox’s body was never returned home. If you visited Picardie, France today, you’d find his grave-site, marked by a cross, in the Somme American Cemetery and Memorial. However, thanks to Freedom Memorial Park, Adcox’s name is forever memorialized in his hometown now. (Intersection of Hay Street and Bragg Boulevard) Discover More —> Stop #19 on the Patriots, Past & Present Trail is our Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, which is currently displaying the Fayetteville “Over There” – Centennial of World War I exhibit; artifacts, pictures, and more tell the stories of our own WWI veterans, such as Adcox, and their service. (325 Franklin Street, Fayetteville) Interested in discovering more? Part II of this blog series reveals the fascinating stories behind three more memorials. Also be sure to check out the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's other Cultural Heritage Trails and Military Sites, as there's an endless list of fascinating historic sites to be explored here. Additionally, the FACVB's Calendar of Events features our communities' military events and other visitor-friendly happenings that occur here year-round. Please note that much of the above information was sourced from the "Commemorative Landscapes of North Carolina" site.","id":"5f2c6e144f31a434bca0a79f","url":"/blog/list/post/military-monuments-fayetteville/","commentsUrl":"/blog/list/post/military-monuments-fayetteville/#comments","absoluteUrl":"https://www.visitfayettevillenc.com/blog/list/post/military-monuments-fayetteville/","metaTitle":"The Stories Behind Cumberland County's Military Monuments, Part I - Go Fayetteville","metaDescription":"As May is National Military Appreciation Month, I’m sharing the stories of a few patriots whose lives have been forever memorialized in Cumberland County.","cleanDescription":"The communities of Cumberland County can boast countless historic markers, monuments, and memorials that tell the stories of those service members and esteemed units who have fought on either U.S. soil or abroad. While we have been home to the largest U.S. Army base, Fort Bragg, for over 100 years now, Cumberland County’s history predates the Revolutionary War. For that reason, you truly can’t turn a corner here without tripping over our vast military history. Just in the last two years alone, the communities of Cumberland County have organized dozens of Heroes Homecoming events; hosted two traveling wall war memorials; celebrated the centennial anniversaries of World War I and Fort Bragg; and held too many other significant, military-focused events to list here. No matter what time of year you visit our historic area, though, there are endless sites of interest to discover. Since May happens to be when we recognize National Military Appreciation Month, I’d like to introduce our visitors to a few patriots whose lives of service have been forever memorialized here. In Part I of this two-part series, you'll learn about an African-American fifer who was buried with full military honors, a Union officer who went against his family's loyalties, and our first hometown patriot to be killed in action in World War I. These are the stories of bravery and sacrifice, devotion to country, and the relentless pursuit of freedom that make up the fabric of what we proudly call “America’s Hometown.” An African-American Fifer & Freedom Defender As I mentioned, Cumberland County’s history predates the Revolutionary War, and our American Independence Trail highlights some of the most interesting history pertaining to our revolutionary roots. Stop #3 on that trail is Fifer's Grave, otherwise known as the Isaac Hammond Memorial, which you will find located on the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry (F.I.L.I.) Parade Grounds in downtown Fayetteville. We only know a few facts about Isaac Hammond, and one of those is he was an African-American fifer who served in the 10th NC Regiment Continental Line during the Revolutionary War. He then became the first fifer in the F.I.L.I., which is the oldest existing volunteer militia company in the South, and he served for 30 years. Remarkably, although he was an African American who couldn’t vote, Hammond was a free man who became a barber in town and was active in politics. Before he died, in 1822, Hammond asked to be buried on the F.I.L.I. Parade Grounds, so “he could be near the Company in spirit.” He was buried with full military honors, and now visitors to those grounds will find his memorial resting on that lovely plot of land, near Cross Creek. (Intersection of North Cool Spring Street and Meeting Street, Fayetteville) Discover More —> On that same American Independence Trail, you'll find nine other sites of interest to explore, and just one of those is the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, where exhibits tell the broader story of southern North Carolina and its fight for independence in the Revolutionary War. (801 Arsenal Avenue, Fayetteville) A Loyal Union Officer from a Confederate Family The Civil War arrived on Cumberland County's doorstep when General Sherman's troops marched into town on March 11, 1865. Our Civil War Trail paints a vivid picture of how our communities were impacted by this war by guiding visitors to 28 sites of significance all over the county. Since that trail was first organized, a newer historic marker, the Captain Alexander McRae Marker, was put in place on the grounds of our Old Historic Courthouse, and the story behind it is one of a previously unacknowledged Civil War hero. Captain Alexander McRae, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, was commissioned as a lieutenant in the U.S. Mounted Rifles, which was later re-designated the U.S. Cavalry. What makes this West Point graduate’s story so remarkable? Well, it’s one of a few documented cases of the Civil War dividing a family’s loyalty. While Captain McRae’s four brothers chose to serve with the Confederacy, McRae served with the Union, retaining his federal commission. His father even wrote to him at one point during the war and begged him to switch his loyalties, but this officer never swayed. McRae took command over an artillery battery and was assigned duty in the Southwest. While fighting in the Battle of Valverde, New Mexico, McRae’s battery encountered Confederate troops from Texas and was overrun. McRae was wounded twice before succumbing to a third and fatal wound to the head on February 21, 1862. Sadly, the Fayetteville Observer didn’t report his death in a story on that very battle, and his service record was not celebrated in his own Confederate home state. The U.S. Army and New Mexico, though, honored him as one of the war’s early heroes. McRae’s body was eventually exhumed from its resting place in New Mexico and given a hero's escort on a trek across the country, from Army base to Army base. He was then laid to rest at the U.S. Cemetery at West Point, just four gravestones from General Armstrong Custer, while his four brothers had all been buried in Cumberland County. In 2013, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War ensured the McRae Marker was placed on his grandparents’ old homestead, the land where Fayetteville’s Old Historic Courthouse now stands. As his Commander, Colonel Canby, wrote, “Captain McRae died as he had lived, an example of the best and highest qualities that a man can possess.” (130 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville) Discover More —> There is so much to learn about Cumberland County’s Civil War history on the Civil War Trail, but you do not want to overlook stop #28, the Averasboro Battlefield and Museum, where the Battle of Averasboro was fought after General Sherman’s troops had razed the Fayetteville Arsenal. (3300 Highway 82, Godwin / Dunn) The 1st Cumberland County Patriot to Die in WWI Visitors to downtown Fayetteville might notice a small park at a busy intersection, across the street from the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. That would be Freedom Memorial Park, which is stop #25 on the Patriots, Past & Present Trail. Here you’ll find several war monuments, but the 6-foot-tall Cumberland County World War I Memorial is an especially striking one. The well-known “In Flanders Fields” poem is inscribed on the left side of that monument. On the right side, 17 soldiers’ names are listed underneath “In Memoriam to Cumberland County’s Fallen Sons.” The very first name you’ll see on that list is that of “Adcox, Cyrus P (Private, Army).” Born on April 19, 1894, Private Adcox served in the U.S. Army’s 1st Division. He entered the service from Georgia and was sent to France, where he was killed in action during the Battle of Cantigny, on May 28, 1918. As a clipping from the Fayetteville Observer ’s weekly edition on August 28, 1918, states, a memorial service was held “in honor of Cyrus P. Adcox, who died on the battlefield in France, and was first Cumberland County man to make the supreme sacrifice for humanity in the present strife.” That service was held at Calvary Methodist Church, and the reverend and others spoke on Adcox’s character, as well as “his life and death as a patriot.” Sadly, as was the custom in WWI, Adcox’s body was never returned home. If you visited Picardie, France today, you’d find his grave-site, marked by a cross, in the Somme American Cemetery and Memorial. However, thanks to Freedom Memorial Park, Adcox’s name is forever memorialized in his hometown now. (Intersection of Hay Street and Bragg Boulevard) Discover More —> Stop #19 on the Patriots, Past & Present Trail is our Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum, which is currently displaying the Fayetteville “Over There” – Centennial of World War I exhibit; artifacts, pictures, and more tell the stories of our own WWI veterans, such as Adcox, and their service. (325 Franklin Street, Fayetteville) Interested in discovering more? Part II of this blog series reveals the fascinating stories behind three more memorials. Also be sure to check out the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau's other Cultural Heritage Trails and Military Sites, as there's an endless list of fascinating historic sites to be explored here. Additionally, the FACVB's Calendar of Events features our communities' military events and other visitor-friendly happenings that occur here year-round. 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