Region to celebrate veterans with ceremonies, songs
From staff reports
Sunday, November 10, 2019
A host of events celebrating U.S. military veterans and honoring their service and sacrifice will be held across the region on Monday, which is Veterans Day.
At noon, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6060 will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony at Waterfront Park in Elizabeth City. Master Chief Marcus Nieves of the U.S. Navy will be the keynote speaker. Nieves is currently the naval security force’s senior enlisted adviser for the commander of the Navy’s Mid-Atlantic Region, where he is responsible for manning, training and equipping naval security forces at 17 installations.
Pasquotank Commissioner Jeff Dixon will also give remarks at the VFW event, which will also include color guards from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Elizabeth City Police Department, Elizabeth City Fire Department, the Elizabeth City State University Police Department, Northeastern ROTC, and the Patriot Guards. All branches of the military will also be recognized. Also participating will be local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, and at the end of the ceremony, all youth in attendance will be asked to participate in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
The event will also include a Coast Guard search and rescue demonstration on the Pasquotank River, and a Vietnam-era Navy patrol boat will be on display. Refreshments will be served afterward. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the VFW Post at 1433 N. Road St., Elizabeth City.
At 11 a.m., American Legion Post 288 and Post 531 will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in Coinjock. State Rep. Bobby Hanig, R-Currituck, will be the keynote speaker.
The American Legion Post will be presenting two local Boy Scouts with an award for assisting an injured motorcyclist after a multi-vehicle crash. Also participating will be an honor guard from Currituck County High School’s ROTC program and the Currituck Sheriff’s Office, which will present the colors and a wreath.
Also at 11 a.m., American Legion Post 26 will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Veteran’s Monument on the Perquimans County Courthouse lawn in Hertford. Perquimans County Manager Frank Heath will be the keynote speaker. Members of Hertford American Legion Post 362 will also participate in the ceremony, which will also include a remembrance of soldiers considered prisoners of war or missing in action.
In case of inclement weather the observance will be moved to the county recreation center located off Harvey Point Road.
Also at 11 a.m., American Legion Post 40, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Chowan County Veterans Memorial on North Broad Street in Edenton. Retired Lt. Col. William J. “Joe” Ward, an Edenton native, will be the keynote speaker.
Then at 1 p.m., the Elizabeth City Rotary Club will recognize veterans, including World War II veteran Judge Herbert Small, at YMCA at The Pines at 1 p.m.
At 3 p.m., the Albemarle Youth Choir, led by Kelly Balmaceda, will perform a musical tribute to veterans at Blackwell Memorial Baptist Church at 700 North Road St., Elizabeth City. The choir, made up of youth ages 2-12, will perform a collection of American patriotic songs that include jazz, folk and Americana selections.