Hundreds Attend 11th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Boone Mall on Saturday

Published Monday, November 13, 2017 at 10:33 am

Watauga High School Marine Corps JROTC as veterans salute.

Along with the Boone Mall and Watauga Community Band, the High Country Chapter of Military Officers Association of America co-sponsored the 11th annual Veterans’ Day Ceremony at the Boone Mall on Saturday. As usual, hundreds attended the ceremony, including many military veterans who have served since World War II. 

 

The Watauga Community Band kicked off the ceremony with a medley of patriotic music and played service them songs to recognize veterans of various conflicts and branches. The Watauga High School Marine Corps JROTC posted and retired the colors. 

 

“The event is an opportunity to honor our veterans for what they have done for this great nation in protecting our freedoms and to recognize the families of our uniformed personnel who have also sacrificed over the years,” HCCMOAA President Fred Schmitt said in announcing the event. 

The HCCMOAA is still raising proceeds for the Watauga County Veterans Memorial, which is going to built in downtown Boone next summer. Local sculptor Suzie Hallier is designing and building the project. For more info on the plans, click here.

Credit card and PayPal donations accepted online at www.hccmoaa.org or at www.facebook.com/hccmoaa. You may also donate by mailing a check to:

Watauga County Veterans Memorial Fund
High Country Chapter MOAA
Post Office Box 3312
Boone, NC 28607

 

The Veterans Day ceremony at the Boone Mall attracts 400 people each year.

The Veterans Day ceremony at the Boone Mall attracts 400 people each year.

The Watauga Community Band plays patriotic songs and branch theme songs.

Watauga High School Marine Corps JROTC posting the colors

Watauga High School Marine Corps JROTC as veterans salute.d

Watauga High School Marine Corps JROTC as veterans salute.

Retired Capt. James R. Fisher, CHC, USN, gives the invocation.

Vets from all branches of service were in attendance on Saturday.

Marines recognized

U.S. Navy veterans recognized.

Veterans from various conflicts were recognized at the ceremony on Saturday.

Stacy Eggers Jr. (center) served during World War II. His daughter Judge Rebecca Eggers-Gryder stand alongside.

The Veterans Day ceremony at the Boone Mall attracts 400 people each year.

Watauga High School Marine Corps JROTC posting the colors

Watauga High School Marine Corps JROTC posting the colors

 

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