On Sunday, McDowell County residents will pause to honor those who have worn the uniform in service to our country.
Sunday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. It started out as Armistice Day, which was the day World War I came to an end. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the long and bloody fighting during what is still called by many the Great War finally ceased in Europe. On Nov. 11, 1918, the armistice was signed and a ceasefire declared. In later years in the United States, Armistice Day eventually became known as Veterans Day.
This year marks the centennial of Armistice Day. It also is the seventh year for the McDowell County program for Veterans Day. It began after the completion of the McDowell County Salute to Veterans Memorial at the Senior Center, said Alan Mainer, commander of Post 56 of the American Legion.
The program will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday inside the Senior Center. Local veteran Bob Smith will welcome all those who attend and Doug Johnson, the chaplain for Post 56, will give the invocation. The NJROTC will post the colors, present the Service Flags, and perform a flag folding ceremony.
Maggie Effler will perform the National Anthem and the anthems of the difference branches of the Armed Services. Mainer will deliver an address on the history of the Veterans Day and local veteran issues and the services provided by the American Legion.
Care Partners Hospice of McDowell County will have information on the “We Honor Veterans” program that is provided to patients. Terry Davey will have a presentation of the Quilt of Valor.
This program is presented by America Legion Post 56 which meets on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. at St Mark’s United Methodist Church in Pleasant Gardens. Eligible veterans are welcome to attend, said Mainer.
On Saturday, McDowell County residents – both here at home and in New York City – will pay tribute to those who have worn the uniform in service to our country.
In addition, a local church is planning a Veterans Day service on Sunday.
Pastor David Hensley of Rocky Pass Free Will Baptist said his church will hold an outdoor Veterans Day service at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. All veterans and active duty U.S. military personnel are invited to attend. This service will include Scripture readings, patriotic music, prayers for the veterans and our country. Refreshments will follow.
Hensley said Gov. Roy Cooper, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and all U.S. and state senators and representatives for this district have been invited to attend. All local elected officials are invited to be a part of this event at Rocky Pass Free Will Baptist.
For more information about this service, call 828-308-3970.
Also, the local YMCA is offering free visits for those in who have served or now in the military.
Active military members, veterans and their immediate families are welcome to visit any of the eight YMCA of Western North Carolina locations – including the Corpening Memorial YMCA – for free from today through Monday, Nov. 12.
You must be over 18 with a valid photo ID and provide proof of military service. The proof of military service may include veteran status on your driver’s license, DD Form 214 or military ID. All participants must complete and sign a waiver, according to a news release.
The YMCA of WNC offers a military appreciation membership rate to active service members, veterans, and their families. There are no contract or joining fees.
Marion’s own craft brewery Mica Town is doing its part to honor veterans. Brewer and co-owner Jason Snyder is a veteran himself.
In honor of Veterans Day, Mica Town Brewing in downtown Marion has created an all-American seasonal brew: the American Pie Pale Ale. This special beer features Hendersonville apples and cinnamon sticks. It also supports a great cause, according to the brewery’s Facebook page.
Twenty percent of the proceeds from this batch of beer will go to Warriors at Home in Marion.
“A pint of this slightly sweet and spiced brew is sure to please,” reads the Facebook page for Mica Town. “Warriors at Home helps our nation’s veterans lead healthy and happy lives by providing emotional support, fitness and adventure. As a veteran-owned business, we want to thank those for their service and support a local non-profit who’s doing great work in our community.”
Furthermore, a restaurant chain that has a location in Marion is doing its part to recognize veterans.
Fatz Southern Kitchen is inviting all veterans and active military to join them for a free World Famous Calabash Chicken basket on Monday, Nov. 12, which is the legal holiday.
“All veterans and active military can enjoy a complimentary World Famous Calabash Chicken basket, which includes specially seasoned, buttermilk-marinated and hand-breaded Calabash chicken tenders served with steak fries with no additional purchase required,” reads a news release.
Fatz will host Military Appreciation Month in November with a special offer all month long. From Nov. 1 to Nov. 30, all veterans and active military members will receive 25 percent off their entrée each time they visit Fatz, according to the news release.
“Since Fatz opened its doors in 1988, serving heroes in our communities has been at the heart of our brand,” said CEO Jim Mazany. “We look forward to serving our veterans and military members all month long. It is our pleasure to thank each one for their selfless service to our country.”
All Fatz restaurants will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12.