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County events planned to celebrate Veterans Day

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A Vietnam Veteran salutes the flag on Memorial Day. (Will Stricklin/Daily Reflector)

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The Daily Reflector

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Sunday is Veterans Day, the nation’s annual celebration to honor all those who served honorably in the military — in wartime or peacetime, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sunday also marks the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day when a truce (or armistice) was signed at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, bringing an end to the fighting of World War I.

The Pitt County Veterans Council will not hold a countywide Veterans Day ceremony this year at the Town Common as it has in the past. According to Bobby O’Daniel, past president of the Pitt County Veterans Council, there has not been enough support and interest among the various countywide veterans organizations to hold an event this year. 

Still, there will be a number of local efforts to honor members of the armed forces. Following is a list of other events taking place in Pitt County to honor and thank veterans for their service and to celebrate Armistice Day:

Ayden-Grifton event

The Ayden-Grifton VFW & VFW Auxiliary Post 4062 will hold its Veterans Day event at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Grifton School Auditorium, 513 E. McCrae St. There will be food following the program. For more information visit the Town of Grifton Facebook page.

Veterans Day in the Park

The governing body of the Town of Ayden will sponsor “Veterans Day in the Park” at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park at the corner of Third and Washington streets in Ayden. The event is being held in honor of those who have served, in memory of those who have fallen and in hope of those still missing. Call 481-5826 or visit www.ayden.com.

Free Golf

Veterans and active-duty personnel with a military ID can play for free on Sunday at Bradford Creek Golf Course, 4950 Old Pactolus Road. Call 329-4653 or visit https://www.bradfordcreekgolf.com/golf.

Bell ringing

The Winterville Historical and Arts Society, 2543 Church St., will join bell ringing across the state for the Armistice Day Centennial at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Bells will toll in unison across North Carolina and throughout the world at the same time to commemorate the centennial of Armistice Day. The museum will be open from 3-5 p.m. Admission is free and donations are appreciated. For more information or to schedule private and group tours, call 321-2660.

Flag dedication ceremony

Honor Ridge, an affordable housing community for veterans located at 1400 Thomas Langston Road, will host a flag dedication ceremony at noon on Monday. Call the Greenville Housing Authority at 329-4000.

Winterville

Winterville will celebrate Veterans Day at 2 p.m. on Monday in front of the town’s Public Safety building, 2593 Railroad St. In the event of rain, the event will move inside the fire department. The guest speaker will be Farmville town commissioner John Moore, a veteran of Desert Storm. The Tim Sutton Trio will perform. The Winterville Ruritan will host the event with Keith Knox, president, serving as host. For more information call Tony Moore at 341-7457 or contact him at tony.moore@wintervillenc.com.

ECU

■ A Field of Honor with 962 flags will be on display in the Mall area of ECU’s main campus next week. The Field of Honor represents all faculty and staff who have served. Pink ribbons denote the women who have served.

■ “Manhood Monday: Masculinity in the Military” a talk featuring Sgt. Major McElearney, United States Marine Corps, will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Monday. The event is open to all.

■ A screening of “Thank You for Your Service,” a 2017 American biographical war drama film written and directed by Jason Hall, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday in Room 102 of the Rivers Building. The film is about a group of U.S. soldiers who return from Iraq and struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life. The screening is open to all. For information about any of the ECU events call 328-1162. 

SPECIAL SECTION

The Daily Reflector’s special section, “Saluting our Veterans,” will be published along with the paper on Sunday. The section includes photos shared by readers of veterans from the Greenville area who served in the armed forces, as well as interviews and photos with World War II veterans.

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