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.

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The Coffee Cup’s Missing Man Table

 

Angie Malave, owner of the Coffee Cup & Wine Cafe, explains why the Missing Man Table is so important to her and why she wanted to participate in the Missing Man Table Initiative for Heroes Homecoming V.

Triangle Rock Club’s Missing Man Table

 

The Director of the Triangle Rock Club explains the importance of the Missing Man Table and why they wanted to participate in the Missing Man Table Initiative for Heroes Homecoming V.

U-Teck’s Missing Man Table

 

Lisa, from U-Teck, explains why the Missing Man Table is so important  and why they decided to participate in this year’s Missing Man Table Initiative for Heroes Homecoming V.

White’s Auto Center’s Missing Man Table

 

White’s Auto Center explains why they wanted to participate in the Missing Man Table Initiative and what it means to their family.

Museum of Cape Fear Historical Complex’s Missing Man Table

 

Lisa Greathouse, from the Museum of Cape Fear Historical Complex, explains why they wanted to participate in the Missing Man Initiative for Heroes Homecoming V.

Reception for Fort Bragg Medal of Honor Recipients

On November 2, the Military Affairs Council of the Greater Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce will hold a reception designed to honor Medal of Honor Recipients – CSM Bob Patterson (Ret.), COL Gordon Roberts (Ret.) and COL Joe Marm (Ret.).  The recipients will also speak at the event. Reception to be held from 6:30 – 8:30pm.   

 

SPONSOR:  Military Affairs Council of Greater Fayetteville Chamber

 

LOCATION:  Airborne & Special Operations Museum (ASOM)

 

By invitation only.

 

 

The Missing Man Table – A Place Setting for One, A Table for All

Thank you so much to Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Chapter 1 NC for the solemn and inspiring Missing Man Table presentation during the Heroes Homecoming V press conference on September 13th at the Hope Mills Recreation Center.

At some point in your life, you’ve probably noticed a small, round table that is always set but never occupied—the prisoners of war/missing in action (POW/MIA) table.

The tradition of setting a separate table in honor of our prisoners of war and missing comrades has been in place since the end of the Vietnam War. The table itself is full of special symbols to help us remember our brothers and sisters in arms.

The Missing Man Table is smaller than the others, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his or her oppressors. This table is separate from the others and can be set for one to four place settings to represent each service participating in the event.

 

Up & Coming Weekly: Heroes Homecoming V to go for Guinness World Record

Visit Up & Coming Weekly to see article here.