WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - 100 years ago, what is now called Veteran’s Day was established, marking the first anniversary of the end of World War One.
Veterans make up 7% of the U.S. population. Veteran’s also makeup 11% of adults experiencing homelessness.
“As a percent of the national population, veterans commit suicide at a much higher rate – 22 veterans a day,” said Jim Verdon with the New Hanover County Veteran’s Council. “We suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder at a much higher rate than the general population. There’s a much larger percentage of veterans that are homeless than the general population. All of these issues are continually being addressed by veterans organizations.”
Verdon says Veteran’s Day can be a somber day, remembering those who fought for our freedom, but it’s also a day of celebrations.
“Veteran’s Day, we like to recognize that and make people aware of it, but again, we also want people to celebrate and New Hanover County is not different than the national population when it comes to veterans,” said Verdon. “We have a very high veteran population here in New Hanover County and all of the problems that go along with national veterans issues, are taking place right here in our own county.”
Here’s a look at some of the events scheduled for our area in honor of Veterans Day:
Brunswick Riverwalk Veterans Memorial Grand Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville, 580 River Road
The program will include a flag to be raised over the memorial which has flown over the nation’s capitol, the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem, and the North Brunswick High School Band performing a prelude of patriotic pieces. Mayor Mike Allen will unveil the memorial and lead the ribbon cutting. Guest speakers will include Anita Hartsell, senior veterans service officer for Brunswick County and Jim McKee, NC Historic Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson site manager.
If you plan to attend, please call and RSVP to the Town of Belville at 910-371-2456. Parking will be in the park and at the Belville Elementary School.
10:45 a.m., Campus Amphitheater
In the event of rain, the ceremony will be moved to Lumina Theater. Following the ceremony, there will be a luncheon for all military-affiliated faculty, staff and students in the Clock Tower Lounge at 11:30 a.m.
A Military Appreciation Basketball Game will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in honor of World War II veterans. Free tickets are available for military-connected community members. The Office of Military Affairs will host a pizza party in the Warwick Center prior to the game.
North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce’s Veterans Day Breakfast
8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Leland Cultural Arts Center (1212 Magnolia Village Way, Leland)
A free breakfast for all veterans and active duty military personnel, along with a guest of their choice. There will be a program, speaker, entertainment and door prizes (for veterans and active duty military personnel only).
RSVP to the Chamber at 910 383-0553 or NBChamber@NBChamber.net.
Free Wave Bus Rides
Veterans, active-duty military personnel and up to 2 friends or family members can ride unlimited on fixed bus routes on Veteran’s Day.
Restaurant discounts and specials
Several restaurants around the area are offering special deals and pricing for veterans on Monday. Click here to learn more.