Communities across the east mark Veterans Day with events, parades

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – People around the east and across the nation paused Wednesday to honor our Armed Forces on this Veterans Day.

Greenville’s annual Veterans Day Parade got underway in uptown at 9 a.m. A ceremony at Town Common followed at 11 a.m.

Greenville Police patroled the parade route, and for some, they consider it an honor.

“It’s what they do for us. It’s part of our freedom. It’s why we can go out and do what we do because of what they do for us and our freedom. So that show of support, especially not being a military town, but we are very close to several military towns, just lets you know that there is support for our armed forces,” GPD Sgt. Michael Montanye said.

Greenville’s parade was just one of many events happening throughout the East Wednesday. The community also celebrated veterans and their families, emphasizing those who head to combat are not the only ones making sacrifices for our country.

One of the hardest things a veteran has to do when returning home is to readjust to family life and that can take a toll on the entire community.

“If you have a veteran that you’re dealing with, you can pretty much be sure that there are four or five, as many as ten people around them that care for and are worried about what happens to that veteran,” explained Jim Kooker, Navy veteran.

Many veterans in Greenville are working to improve resources to smooth out the transition.

ECU saluted veterans by dedicating 51 brick pavers to the Memorial Walk on campus in honor of individuals who provided service in support of national defense.

Cypress Glen Retirement Community in Greenville conducted a ceremony honoring all residents who are also veterans. They also unveiled a Wall of Fame celebrating veterans.

Winterville hosted Colonel Marvin Williams as a guest speaker in front of the Winterville Public Safety Building.

Mt. Calvary Free Will Baptist Church in Greenville scheduled a veterans appreciation service at 7 p.m.

In Onslow County, the Disabled American Veterans Compound held its annual Veterans Day ceremony at the compound at 11 a.m.

Wednesday came with a ceremony dedicated to remembering service members and those who are prisoners of war or missing in action.

At the event, a table honored those who have not come home from war.

“I think it’s important that we both, the community and the base, understand the importance and the significance of the contributions of those that have gone before have made,” commented Thomas Weidley, Brig. Gen, Marine Corps Installations East.

After the ceremony, local veterans shared stories about their time in the service.

Tryon Palace in New Bern conducted a naturalization ceremony inside Cullman Performance Hall at 10:30 a.m. and a performance by the U.S. Air Force Heritage Brass Band was scheduled for later in the day at 6:15 p.m.

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