Veterans Day events still on the books in the face of the pandemic

Modified events are still being held for Veterans Day

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Communities in the Cape Fear plan to honor Veterans this year even though it will look a lot different.

Even though the annual Southeast Veterans Day Parade in downtown Wilmington was cancelled and ceremonies will be a lot smaller this Veterans Day, activities are still happening to honor those who fought for our country.

Here are some events taking place for Veterans Day.

Belville’s Veterans Day Ceremony

The Town of Belville is hosting its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Brunswick Riverwalk Veterans Memorial located at 580 River Road in Belville. Attendance is limited in accordance with COVID-19 health guidelines. Everyone is asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

“This time, we decided instead of having guests that we brought in, we want the veterans to have an opportunity to speak at this Veterans Day," said Mike Allen, Mayor of Belville and an Army veteran. "We’re going to ask a veteran from the group that we have here to step up and say something because they were active parts of what went on, you know, with the freedom and the labor that we’ve gotten from our veterans through our wars that we had to fight. So this year, we’ll call it a lot lower key.”

The town will also commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Veterans Memorial.

New Hanover County Veteran’s Council Veterans Day Service

The NHC Veteran’s Council is hosting a Veterans Day event. It will be held at Long Leaf Park in Wilmington at 11 a.m. at the American Legion and Gold Star Monuments. Everyone is asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

“Regardless of COVID, regardless of rain, regardless of snow, veterans will come together across this country, they will pause for 15 minutes or 20 minutes and pray and sing and have a couple of words about veteran sacrifice,” said Don Betz, the NHC Veterans Council Chairman and Army veteran.

CFCC’s Veterans Day Ceremony

Cape Fear Community College is hosting their annual Veterans Day ceremony, but this year it will be virtual. James Carper, the President of the Southeast North Carolina Military Officers Association will speak, along with other speakers. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. CFCC will share the Zoom link Wednesday morning.

Other events

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs shared a list of other events happening on a national level on Veterans Day. They are all virtual.

Several restaurants around the area are offering special deals and pricing for veterans on Wednesday. Click here to learn more.

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