Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11 and there are a number of events, ceremonies and commemorations planned in Eastern Carolina. We will be running a Military Vets Salute on Saturday 10-noon with Kix Brooks!
Friday, November 10
-St. Peter’s Catholic School is conducting a mass service at 9am where students are invited to bring any family members who are veterans for a special service where they’ll be honored and blessed.
-Pitt Community College is holding its 20th annual “PCC Veterans Salute” on Friday. It starts at 9am in the Goess Student Center and will feature remarks by retired Marine Maggie Weder. Prior to the ceremony, all faculty and staff who are veterans will be served breakfast in the Walter and Marie Williams Dining Room. Student veterans in good standing at the college are also invited to the event, which will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. All veterans planning to attend the breakfast are asked to contact Brady Quinn at email@example.com prior to the event to give organizers an accurate headcount.
-Lenoir Community College will hold its annual Veterans Day Program at 11am in the Briley Auditorium. This year’s event is dedicated to women in the military and will feature guest speaker Sgt. Shirley Wilcox, the 916th Air Refueling Wing Commander Chief at Seymour Johnson.
-The Onslow County Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is holding its Veterans Day Ceremony at 300 Sherwood Road in Jacksonville at 11am.
-ECU is holding a Military Brick Paver Ceremony at the ECU Memorial Walk outside the Christenbury Gym at 2pm. Forty pavers are set to be dedicated this year.
-Veterans will be honored as part of Uptown Greenville’s Freeboot Friday celebration on Friday evening. “Operation Gratitude” will close out the last of the 2017 Freeboot Fridays. As the event coincides with Veteran’s Day, Operation Gratitude- Freeboot Friday, will feature Military Appreciation performances! Additionally, Uptown Greenville with host a Treats for Troops candy drive. Bring your leftover Halloween candy to Freeboot Friday and Uptown will donate it to troops overseas.
-Aquaventure Aquatic Campus in Winterville is honoring veterans in a unique way this year with a free month of membership. Between November 10-12, veterans with military id or proof of service can sign up for a free month.
Saturday, November 11
-The Craven County Veterans’ Council and American Legion Post 24 are is holding a Veterans Day Ceremony at Greenleaf Memorial Park from 11am – noon. Dobert Owsley, Chairman of the Craven County Veterans’ and Vietnam War Veteran, will serve as the keynote speaker. The program will consist of the Invocation, presentation of the Colors, Pledge of Allegiance, singing of “Amazing Grace”, the keynote address – “What is a Veteran”, recognition of all who have served, “Taps”, retirement of the Colors, and Benediction.
-Tryon Palace will offer free admission to all active duty, veterans and their immediate family members on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Military ID or proof of service is required for free admission.
-The Carteret County Veterans Council is holding a Veterans Day Parade. The parade starts at 11am on Arendell Street in Morehead City.
-Texas Roadhouse is offering veterans and active duty military members to enjoy a free lunch on Veterans Day-between 11am and 2pm. All veterans – including all active, retired or former United States military – can choose one of 10 entrees, including a 6-ounce sirloin and two made-from-scratch sides plus a choice of any Coca-Cola product, iced tea or coffee during lunch. Guests must show proof of service such as military or VA card, or discharge papers. There are several participating locations in ENC:
1809 N. Pointe Drive
1301 N. Sandhills Blvd.
600 N. Berkeley Blvd.
Goldsboro, NC 27534
201 Grand Hill Place
Holly Springs, NC 27540
720 SW Greenville Blvd.
Other free dining options for veterans include: a free donut from Dunkin’ Donuts, wings from Buffalo Wild Wings, and a free entree from Olive Garden. Most offers do require vets show military id or proof of service.