About the Homecoming

November 4 - November 12, 2017

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

In 2011, our inaugural Heroes Homecoming honored Vietnam Veterans. But saying thank you was just the first step. We want to do more.

During Heroes Homecoming V, we will honor these veterans by providing opportunities for Cumberland County to get to know them. Our goal is to open a dialogue in order to learn who these heroes really are, hear their stories of courage and honor their lives as Americans.

Like last year, we depend on the help of our community partners to make this event successful. There are plenty of opportunities to be a part of this memorial event. Contact Angie Brady at [email protected] to find out how you can become involved.

Please check back for a complete schedule of events, as we keep adding more all the time.

Travel to Fayetteville

The 1st Ever Heroes Homecoming Motorcycle Rally

Mark Your Calendars!

The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act

It all started on May 25, 2012, when President Obama proclaimed the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration (made possible by the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act) would extend from Memorial Day 2012 through Veterans Day 2025.

Since then, Commemorative Partners and many other regions and municipalities have joined in the 13 year celebration of the veterans, POWs and MIAs of the Vietnam War.  Heroes Homecoming felt the need to thank these veterans again too.  In 2011, the inaugural Heroes Homecoming paid tribute to them and now, in 2017, we want to take that tribute one step further.

Stay tuned for details and the addition of more events & activities designed to honor all Vietnam Veterans and their families.


Heroes Homecoming IV Recapped in a Video

Eastover WWII Monument Dedication


December 7, 2016 – Pearl Harbor Day
Eastover Civic Club


TWC News: Students Learn About Legacy of WW2 Generation


Students at Jack Britt High School discuss the legacy of the World War II generation and how they can work together to honor them – during Heroes Homecoming IV November 3 – 6 and moving forward.



Fayetteville Observer: Local Students Gain New Respect for WW2 Vets


Staff photo by Alicia Banks

Jack Britt High School student Justin Kerrick, 15, writes a thank you card to a local World War II veteran as part of a history lesson.


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