2018 Veterans Day Events in Chapel Hill
Town of Chapel Hill Employee Ceremony Nov. 7
Town of Chapel Hill employees who are veterans or who have family members in active duty will be recognized for their service and sacrifice by the Chapel Hill Mayor and Town Council in advance of Veterans Day. This special recognition will take place at the beginning of the Council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Orange County Ceremony Nov. 12
A Veterans Day ceremony for the community will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at the Orange County Veterans Memorial site located near Seymour Center/Southern Human Services at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. The Veterans Memorial Committee is currently working to raise $25,000 for the next phase of the Veterans Memorial -- a permanent flagpole, rock and landscaping surrounding the flagpole. More at http://www.orangecountyveteransmemorial.com/
UNC Ceremony Nov. 12
The UNC-Chapel Hill ROTC will host its annual UNC Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. at Alumni Memorial Hall (between Phillips and Memorial Halls along E. Cameron Ave.). ROTC members will be present, in uniform, for the presentation of Colors and speakers will include Chancellor Carol L. Folt and Retired Marine Captain Larry Greenwold. Mr. Greenwold served four years in the Marine Corps as a Bombardier/Navigator in the A6 Intruder and flew 217 combat missions in North Vietnam. He was awarded 19 Air Medals and one Distinguished Flying Cross.
Envoys of Honor Event Nov. 11
John Haynes, an expert presenter will explain how important D-Day was to the liberation of Europe on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in the Smith Middle School auditorium, 9201 Seawell School Road in Chapel Hill. This event is hosted by Envoys of Honor, six high school students and two teachers who are raising funds to bring two WWII veterans back to the lands they liberated for the 75th Commemoration Ceremonies in Normandy, France. All veterans in attendance will be honored and guests are welcome to mingle over tea and croissants after the presentation. For more information, go to https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vvWIRsI416IygW7Cq7EtvBoGu0mmhq6x/view.
Veterans Day is marked each year on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice (cease-fire) that ended that war. The armistice was signed in 1918 and President Woodrow Wilson first began the tradition of it as a day of American national remembrance in November 1919. In 1938 it became an official national holiday. In 1954, it became known as Veterans Day instead of Armistice Day.