Up & Coming Weekly

November 02, 2021

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM NOVEMBER 3-9, 2021 UCW 15 e annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Fayetteville will kick off Heroes Homecoming week. Cumberland County Veterans Coun- cil created Heroes Homecoming in 2011 as a way of showing all veterans that the community remembers and appreciates their courage, sacrifice and everything they did to defend our freedom. e parade was canceled in 2020 and all events were limited to being virtual. is year, everything is back and in-person. e overall theme this year will be honoring the Armed Forces medical personnel and first responders who served on the front lines over the past 18 months during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grilley Mitchell, president, Cumberland County Veterans Coun- cil, said that the council decided to honor the medical forces earlier this year. "ey were the ones who were on the front lines treating people and the COVID situation. Not just nationwide but worldwide," Mitchell said. "ey are the heroes of today because they were there on the frontlines doing what was required of them to take care of the sick." e parade will feature several high school marching bands, a number of JROTC groups, military equipment, various organizations, color guards, churches and groups such as the Shriners. ey will also feature mem- bers of the Fort Bragg community, in- cluding the 18th Airborne Corps and the U. S. Special Operations Com- mand.According to the Cumberland County Veterans Council, there are about 52,000 veterans that live in Cumberland County. at doesn't include the Fort Bragg population of 545,926 soldiers and their 70,000 family members. e two honorees this year are Sgt. Maj. Jacob "Jake" Roth and 1st Sgt. Lawrence "Bud" Wilson. Both Roth and Wilson are Korean War Prisoners of War. "ey are my heroes. ose two guys are living heroes," Mitchell said. "ey are living legends that you get to actually thank them in person for their sacrifice. I work with both of them, every time I'm with those guys, it's an honor and pleasure to be with them." e parade will kick off Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. and will take place on Hay Street by the Airborne and Special Operations Museum and end at Cool Spring and Person Streets, behind the courthouse. Following the parade will be the City of Fayetteville's Veterans Day Ceremony at the North Carolina Veterans Park. Spectators are recommended to arrive early in order to find parking. Mitchell asks that people come out, have a good time and show appre- ciation to the military and the city's veterans. EVENTS with NC Lt. Governor Mark Robinson 50/50 Ra e For more info: Email hokegop@gmail.com Above: Paratroop- ers from the 82nd Airborne Divison march in the 2019 Veterans Day Pa- rade. Left: A specta- tor arrives early for a good seat a the 2019 Veterans Day Parade. (Photos by Linda McAlister) Veterans Day Parade returns downtown by HANNAH LEE HANNAH LEE, Assistant Editor. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200. Cape Fear Bands and Ensambles per- form at the 2019 Veterans Day Parade. (Photo by Linda McAlister)

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