Posted by Debra Worley - email
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Today is Veteran's Day - a day American citizens use to honor those who fight for our freedom and an occasion that is keenly felt at military bases across the nation.
More than 18,000 veterans are living in New Hanover County.
A lot of people gathered at the VFW off Carolina Beach Road for a ceremony to remember veterans, an annual event usually takes place at the Wilmington National Cemetery, but it was moved indoors due to the rain.
"Just recognizing the veterans celebrating what Veterans Day really means," said Joe Stanley with the New Hanover Co. Veterans Council. "It's not going to the mall, doing your shopping. All the stores are still open but we still take time out to recognize the veterans that come before us and the ones still serving."
A Massing of Colors took place at St. Paul's Church on Market Street after the ceremony at the VFW.
The VFW also went to the Mariner Health Nursing Home on Wellington Drive to visit veterans who could not attend the events.
The Cape Fear Chapter of the American Red Cross is also using Veteran's Day to salute veterans who have served our country.
Not only does the Red Cross support the warriors, they also work to ensure communication links for military families during times of crises.
Earlier this week the organization helped Linda Barbour get in touch with her daughter Sgt. Kimberly Munley, who is credited for stopping the shooting rampage on a Fort Hood army base.
"It was such a relief to learn that my daughter was safe and well," said Linda Barbour. "I am thankful to the Red Cross for helping to give me that peace of mind. We are so proud of Kim and her heroic actions, and at the same time our hearts go out to the other service members and families affected by this horrific incident."
Munley was shot during the incident but says she is on her way to recovery. She will tell the nation her story this afternoon at 4:00 on Oprah. Munley and her father will also appear on the Today Show Thursday morning at 7:00.
To honor veterans and military members through a financial contribution to the Cape Fear Chapter's Services to Armed Forces program, visit www.arccapefear.org and click on the "Donate" tab.