Board proclaims Sept. 29 Perry Day


From staff reports

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Pasquotank County Board of Commissioners last week unanimously proclaimed Sept. 29, 2018, as Seth Perry Day in the county to honor the heroism of the man believed to be the only soldier from Pasquotank to die in combat in World War 1.

The 25-year-old corporal was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross of Extraordinary Heroism in Military Operations in recognition of his bravery in crossing an open field under heavy fire near Bellicourt, France.

“Most of all, we honor the Americans who gave their lives defending countries they had never known and people they had never met,” the proclamation states.

The county commissioners adopted the proclamation at their Oct. 1 regular meeting.

American Legion Post 84, which is named for Perry, honored the Pasquotank native on Saturday, Sept. 29 — the 100th anniversary of Perry’s death — with a special ceremony at the county courthouse, which also happens to be Perry’s burial site.