Say ‘Thank You’ to Local Heroes at Veterans Day Events Around the High Country

Published Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 11:46 am

Say “thank you” this Veterans Day to the  dedicated men and women who have made sacrifices to ensure your freedoms. A variety of celebrations will take place throughout the community on Wednesday, giving you many opportunities and many ways to express your gratitude to the people who have always put you first.

Veterans Day Celebration at the Boone Mall:

The High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America in conjunction with the staff of the Boone Mall is again sponsoring the Annual Veterans Day Celebration on Veterans Day, Wednesday Nov 11, 2015 at the Boone Mall on Blowing Rock Road in Boone, NC.. The Watauga Community Band will play patriotic music beginning at 10:30 am. The formal celebration will start at 11:00 am. The guest speaker for the event will be Colonel (ret.) Victoria Hughes,U. S Air Force. The Veterans Day Celebration at the Boone Mall will include the presentation of the Colors by The Watauga High School Marine Jr ROTC . A rendition of chimes by the Watauga Community Band recognizing the Armistice of Compiegne that was the agreement that led to the ending of World War I at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. A melody of Patriotic Music will be presented by Darlene Caudill.

Veterans Day Ceremony at Appalachian State:

Appalachian State University will hold a Veterans Day ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial located on the west side of the Dougherty Administration Building. A continental breakfast will follow in the administration building lobby. The public is invited.

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Vickie Hughes will be the guest speaker. Hughes is now an associate professor in the Department of Nursing in Appalachian’s Beaver College of Health Sciences. While in the Air Force, Hughes served three years as commander of the 15th Medical Group at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii. She also commanded the 383rd Training Squadron at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, in addition to other assignments.

Veteran’s Ceremony in Blowing Rock:

The American Legion Post 256 will hold a Veteran’s Ceremony at the Rotary Gazebo in Memorial Park in downtown Blowing Rock.  The event will be executed by Post Commander Albert Yount and Post Adjutant Jim West.  The event starts at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, 11 November and will feature a talk by Bill Parker, Lieutenant Colonel USMC retired.  The story he will present for this Veteran’s Day is called “the P-51 and the American Ambassador” or the “Kingston, Ontario Incident”.  Please come and honor our veterans for their service to our country.

Veterans Discount Program Kicks Off Nov. 10 in Watauga:

Are you a local business owner and want to say “thank you” to our veterans? Sign up to participate in this new initiative started by Watauga Register of Deeds Amy Shook and Veterans Services Officer April Pope.

They will be issuing to veterans “thank you for your service” cards that will make them eligible to receive discounts or incentives from participating businesses when they present their card.

Participating businesses will be listed on the Watauga County Register of Deeds website at www.wataugacounty.org .  All Veterans who come into the office will be given a current listing of those businesses who have agreed to participate in the program.  Upon issuance, the veteran will be told that they must show the Veterans “Thank You For Your Service” Card in order to receive the discount or incentive.

“Thank You For Your Service” is scheduled to begin on November 11, 2015, with a kickoff event scheduled for November 10 in the Register of Deeds office.

Veterans Day at the Avery YMCA:

The Rotary Club of Avery County will host its annual celebration of veterans with a luncheon at the Williams YMCA’s Chapman Center starting at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 11. All veterans in Avery County are encouraged to attend the event, where they will be served lunch. Music and presentations will follow and the Avery High School Color Guard will be on hand.

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