Wednesday, 08 November 2017 05:32

Towns unite to honor veterans on Saturday

Written by  Staff
Last year's Veterans Day parade in Huntersville. Last year's Veterans Day parade in Huntersville. File

The towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville and Mooresville have you covered if you’re looking to express a bit of gratitude to our country’s veterans on Saturday, Nov. 11.

The Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza on the grounds of town hall is the place to be for the town’s annual Veterans Day ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. American Legion Post 86 Commander Gene McKinney will lead a ceremony that will include a welcome from Cornelius Mayor Chuck Travis, a 21-gun salute by American Legion Post 86 members and patriotic songs by the Hough High Concert Choir. Prior to the ceremony, the Cornelius Arts Center at 19725 Oak St., will host a morning of Veterans Day-centric activities beginning at 9 a.m., including opportunities to make thank you cards for veterans and participate in patriotic arts and crafts as well as cookie decorating. Light refreshments will be provided before heading across Catawba Avenue to the 11 a.m. ceremony at town hall. 

The town will hold its annual Veterans Day observance on the front steps of town hall at 11 a.m. The program will feature keynote speaker U.S. Navy Capt. Robert Cameron (retired), Davidson College a cappella group the Delilahs, and the Hough High School Wind Ensemble and JROTC cadets. In advance of the observance, the cadets and other community volunteers placed flags on veterans’ graves at all of the town’s cemeteries earlier this week.

Downtown Huntersville will be flush with activity to honor veterans on Saturday with a parade, ceremony and afternoon of celebrations, all hosted by the parks and recreation department and American Legion Post 321. Everything kicks off with the parade at 9:45 a.m., which is scheduled to include an army transport vehicle courtesy of the Huntersville Chamber of Commerce. Businesses interested in participating in the parade (and even riding in the military might) should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up. The Veterans Day ceremony will begin at the traditional 11 a.m. time of observation, and will be followed by free activities, food and live music downtown until 2 p.m.

By the time Saturday gets here, the Town of Mooresville will have held a week’s worth of Veterans Day activities and celebrations. It began Monday with a special prisoner of war procession and flag ceremony that began at Richard’s Coffee Shop on Main Street and proceeded to town hall for a brief ceremony honoring POW veterans.

On Thursday, Nov. 9, there will be a “Veterans Experience Action Center” at the Charles Mack Citizen Center. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., veterans will have the chance to speak to Veterans Affairs staff and other community partners about assistance with their benefits.

Finally, on Saturday, a full day of activities will begin at 11 a.m., with a flag ceremony at Glenwood Cemetery. At noon, a parade featuring female veterans as grand marshals will begin at the intersection of McLelland Avenue and South Main Street, proceeding north and ending at town hall. It will be an eclectic parade mix, including classic cars; military vehicles such as trucks, trailers, Jeeps and personnel carriers; Boy Scout troops; Patriot Guard riders; high school marching bands and more. Immediately following the parade, many of the classic cars and military vehicles will be on display at town hall. A free lunch will be provided and live music featuring Throwback Thursday will wind up the day’s observations.

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