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 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.

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Heroes Homecoming IV Recapped in a Video

Eastover WWII Monument Dedication

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December 7, 2016 – Pearl Harbor Day
Eastover Civic Club
11am

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TWC News: Students Learn About Legacy of WW2 Generation

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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.

http://www.twcnews.com/nc/triangle-sandhills/news/2016/10/28/students-learn-about-legacy-of-world-war-ii-generation.html

 

Fayetteville Observer: Local Students Gain New Respect for WW2 Vets

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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.

http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/students-gain-new-perspective-respect-for-world-war-ii-vets/article_46e50c6a-b132-55ba-a2ed-cd39ead4870b.html

Middle School Learns From Vets

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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.

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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.

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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.