About the Homecoming

November 9 - November 12, 2018

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 VI we will be honoring all of our veterans and everyone that helps contribute to their success, from the families to dedicated volunteers. Our goal is to learn about and honor all of those that make sacrifices for the greater good. We hope this will propel people to find ways that they can give back because we know that together we can accomplish anything.

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.

Travel to Fayetteville

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.

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


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Fayetteville, NC 28305