A parade at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Fayetteville and an afternoon of family fun at Sweet Valley Ranch will kick off a weeklong salute to veterans.
The parade, with the theme “Heroes at Home,” will start at Person and Cool Spring streets, move down Hay Street and end just before Segra Stadium. It is being organized by Cumberland County Veterans Council and the city of Fayetteville.
Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield will be represented, as will organizations of the Cumberland County Veterans Council. Also participating are high school JROTC groups and bands, civic organizations such as Scouts and Shriners, and representatives of local sports teams, according to a news release.
The grand marshals are former Fayetteville City Councilman Chris Davis, a veteran and pastor of Force of Life church, and his wife, Demetria Davis, the reigning North Carolina Mother of the Year.
Following the parade, a Veterans Day ceremony will be held at the North Carolina Veterans Park, 300 Bragg Blvd. It is free and open to the public.
From 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sweet Valley Ranch will host a family fun day in honor of “Heroes at Home” — the spouses, children and other family members of those who serve in the military.
Admission is free.
The Rivermist band will perform live music, and Food Truck Warz will bring six food trucks. Bounce houses also will be set up.
Sweet Valley Ranch, located at 2990 Sunnyside School Road, is a 300-acre working farm with more than 350 animals.
Field of Honor
The Airborne & Special Operations Museum continues its Field of Honor through Nov. 13. Each flag on display has a tag identifying the veteran it honors and the person who sponsored it. Flags are on display on the parade field of the museum from dawn until dusk at 100 Bragg Blvd. downtown.
The museum is hosting two exhibits related to World War II through Nov. 13. “Courage and Compassion: The Legacy of the Bielski Brothers” tells of the heroic efforts of three brothers who helped save more than 1,200 people while living in the forest during the war. “Operation HALYARD,” on display in the museum’s lobby, highlights the mission to rescue downed U.S. airmen from Nazi-occupied Serbia near the end of the war.
On Nov. 10, the museum will show the documentary “The Last of the 357th Infantry” and host author Mark Hager to discuss his book, “The Last of the 357th Infantry: Harold Frank’s WWII Story of Faith and Courage.” Harold Frank will be a special guest at the program, which is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m.
Heroes Homecoming Week
From Saturday through Nov. 12, the 10th annual Heroes Homecoming Week will bring a host of programs and activities to salute veterans.
Space is limited to 150 guests, and admission is limited to military families with children.
Call Sharjuan Burgos at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic to reserve a spot.