About the Homecoming

October 29 - November 6, 2016

Cumberland County created HEROES HOMECOMING as a way of showing all veterans that we remember and appreciate their courage, their sacrifice and everything they’ve done to defend our freedom – now and forever. We have a unique bond with veterans, as our town was the point of departure and return for hundreds of thousands of soldiers.

2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the United States entering World War II. Considered the most devastating war in the history of the world, more than 16 million Americans served bravely in WWII. Today there are less than 800,000 surviving WWII veterans in the world, with more than 490 dying every single day.

This year, we are proud to honor all World War II veterans - the "Greatest Generation" - as part of Heroes Homecoming IV.

Please check back soon for a complete schedule of events.

Travel to Fayetteville

Middle School Learns From Vets


Students at John Griffin Middle School in Fayetteville honor the Greatest Generation during school system-wide World War II education week.  Leading up to Heroes Homecoming IV, students are learning about the war – its struggles and its heroes – with morning announcements, special lessons and #LIVESFOREVER videos.  See videos at www.operationlivesforever.com.  Students will display these banners as they march in the annual Fayetteville Veterans Day Parade on November 5th.



Update: Introduction to Fold3 Class

ASOM to Salute Our Veterans

This year’s opening ceremony for the annual Salute to Veterans will be held on November 5th at 1:30pm at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum. Special guest speaker is World War II Veteran and author Vincent Speranza. A Book signing will occur immediately after the ceremony and Nuts!: A 101st Airborne Division Machine Gunner at Bastogne is available in the gift shop.


30″ American Flags purchased will be on display from 5 November through Sunday 13 November.

According to Paul Galloway, Executive Director of the Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation, “This is a wonderful way to show your support and gratitude to those who have served and those who are serving now. This is for all veterans, a celebration of one’s service regardless of branch of service or how long they served. We hope to have more than 1,000 flags on display, showing the true patriotism of all citizens of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and beyond.”

The public can purchase flags for $5 in honor or in memoriam of a veteran by calling the museum at 643-2778 or visiting the website at www.asomf.org. Flags can also be purchased in the museum’s Gift Shop. Each flag will be placed on the museum grounds from November 5 through the 13th.

CVS Health Joins Heroes Homecoming Partnership

WWII Fun at Museum of the Cape Fear

The Museum of the Cape Fear will feature two World War II activities during the week prior to Heroes Homecoming IV. Land a balsa wood glider on a mock-up aircraft carrier or take a depth perception test like World War II pilots did. Although these activities are geared toward younger visitors, all ages are welcome and encourage to participate. Event is free. #livesforever


801 Arsenal Avenue
Fayetteville, NC 28305

Intro to Fold3 Class

The Cumberland County Public Library is offering an “Introduction to Fold3” class. Kick off Heroes Homecoming IV by finding your connection to the veterans in your family tree. Learn to search Fold3 for a specific person and create a Memorial Wall for the veterans in your life.

November 1, 2016
2:00 – 4 PM
Headquarters Library
Local & State History Room

Registration is required. Contact Local & State History at 483-7727 ext. 1359 for more information.

Find Your WWII Connection

The Cumberland County Public Library will promote a new computer program, Fold3 by ancestory.com, during the entire month of November to help educate people about their World War II connection – a theme of this years Heroes Homecoming IV celebration.  The library will offer a class to show people how to use this program to create a memorial wall of your family members which have been in the military.

Fold3 features premier collections of original military records, dating back from Revolutionary War to present. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many of the records come from the U.S. National archives, The National Archives of the U.K. and others.

In November, you can also Book a Librarian in order to learn how to use this database too. Also the library will display WWII artifacts and memorabilia that will be donated from staff and community members and the Blue Wall Disp-lay which will feature notable Fayetteville residents that had family in WWI during November through December.

More details to come…
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Fayetteville Observer: World War II Veterans to be Recognized in Heroes Homecoming


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World War II veteran Fred Paul Dallas speaks at the official announcement of the year’s Heroes Homecoming on Tuesday at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum