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

CVS Health Joins Heroes Homecoming Partnership

WWII Fun at Museum of the Cape Fear

The Museum of the Cape Fear will feature two World War II activities during the week prior to Heroes Homecoming IV. Land a balsa wood glider on a mock-up aircraft carrier or take a depth perception test like World War II pilots did. Although these activities are geared toward younger visitors, all ages are welcome and encourage to participate. Event is free. #livesforever


801 Arsenal Avenue
Fayetteville, NC 28305

Intro to Fold3 Class

The Cumberland County Public Library is offering an “Introduction to Fold3” class. Kick off Heroes Homecoming IV by finding your connection to the veterans in your family tree. Learn to search Fold3 for a specific person and create a Memorial Wall for the veterans in your life.

November 1, 2016
2:00 – 4 PM
Headquarters Library
Local & State History Room

Registration is required. Contact Local & State History at 483-7727 ext. 1359 for more information.

Find Your WWII Connection

The Cumberland County Public Library will promote a new computer program, Fold3 by ancestory.com, during the entire month of November to help educate people about their World War II connection – a theme of this years Heroes Homecoming IV celebration.  The library will offer a class to show people how to use this program to create a memorial wall of your family members which have been in the military.

Fold3 features premier collections of original military records, dating back from Revolutionary War to present. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many of the records come from the U.S. National archives, The National Archives of the U.K. and others.

In November, you can also Book a Librarian in order to learn how to use this database too. Also the library will display WWII artifacts and memorabilia that will be donated from staff and community members and the Blue Wall Disp-lay which will feature notable Fayetteville residents that had family in WWI during November through December.

More details to come…
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Fayetteville Observer: World War II Veterans to be Recognized in Heroes Homecoming


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World War II veteran Fred Paul Dallas speaks at the official announcement of the year’s Heroes Homecoming on Tuesday at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum


ABC News Interviews M*A*S*H Stars During HH3

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Heroes Homecoming III Highlights



Taking place over Veterans Day weekend in 2013, Heroes Homecoming III featured 4 full days of events, exhibits, recognition ceremonies and entertainment designed to honor and pay tribute to the 5.7 million soldiers that participated in the Korean War. The third annual celebration also featured celebrity guests and special appearances by stars of the hit TV series M*A*S*H.

Topix: Stars of TV Show “MASH” at NC Hero’s Celebration