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 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.

Fayetteville Observer: 2017 Heroes Homecoming to Honor Vietnam Veterans

Read the full story here.

Public Invited to Attend

Join Our Record-Breaking Remembrance!

More Heroes Homecoming V Fun!

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.

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