About the Homecoming

November 4 - November 11, 2017

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

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

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.