Lake Norman-area Veterans Day commemorations include a weeklong celebration in Mooresville, a speech in Davidson from a hometown hero who survived 7 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, and a ceremony at the Cornelius Veterans Monument.
Here’s a look at the scheduled events:
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8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Veterans Career Assistance Workshops at Mitchell Community College’s Mooresville Campus, 219 N. Academy St.
5-8 p.m.: Veterans Career Assistance Workshops at the NCWorks Career Center, 532 Patterson Ave.
11 a.m.: Flag ceremony led by American Legion Post 66 at Glenwood Memorial Park, Glenwood Drive.
Noon: Veterans Day Parade on Main Street downtown.
1 p.m.: Veterans celebration on the lawn outside Town Hall, 413 N. Main St., including formal recognitions, living histories, free food and other activities.
2-5 p.m.: American Legion Forum on Veterans Issues, Town Hall.
4-8 p.m.: Free concert by Rockie Lynne, a Statesville native, U.S. Army veteran and country music performer.
9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Veteran Benefit Action Center at Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St. Veterans and dependents can get help from representatives from the U.S. Veterans Administration and other organizations.
10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Veterans Job Fair presented by the Mooresville-South Iredell Economic Development Corp. Twenty employers who are actively hiring are expected to take part.
9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Veteran Benefit Action Center continues at Charles Mack Citizen Center.
10 a.m.: Closing Ceremony at the Welcome Home Veterans Living Military Museum, 165 N. Main St.
10:30 a.m.: Fifth Annual Salute to Vets Motorcycle Ride to the Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury. Registration is required.
11 a.m.: The town of Cornelius and American Legion Post 86 will host its annual Veterans Day program at the Cornelius Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza and the Cornelius Town Hall lawn. American Legion Post 86 Cmdr. Mike Puckett will lead the ceremony, which will include a welcome from Mayor Chuck Travis, a 21-gun salute and patriotic songs by the Hough High School Concert Choir.
11 a.m.: The town will host its annual Veterans Day celebration on the town green at the corner of Main Street and Concord Road in downtown. Porter Halyburton, who grew up in Davidson and graduated from Davidson College, will be the keynote speaker. Retired Navy Cmdr. Porter Alexander Halyburton survived 7 1/2 years in a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp after being shot down over North Vietnam in 1965. The Hough High School Wind Ensemble and Junior ROTC will also be part of the event.
John Deem is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.