GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Thousands across the East and America will honor those who served the country as Veterans Day is observed Friday.
In Uptown Greenville, hundreds participated in a Veterans Day parade.
For some in attendance, it was just a way to say thanks. For others, like Tina Modlin, it was a chance to teach her 10-year-old daughter something.
“I think she needs to understand how important it is for us to support our veterans and our military,” Modlin said.
Others standing along the parade route were there for other reasons.
Alex Gonzalez is in J.H. Rose’s JROTC and plans to join the Marines after he graduates.
“I want to join and serve my country since they have served us and helped us out and protected us,” Gonzalez said. “I think it’s just fair that we give back and serve for them.”
Among those who participated in the actual parade were veterans themselves. Those we spoke with said the day is very special for them.
“It brings back memories,” said William Brock, Navy veteran. “The good and the bad. The comradery between the different branches of the military. And also I get a sense of pride.”
Brock, who served in the Navy from 1963 until 1990, said the country has to come together and respect others opinions.
In Greene County, the Town of Snow Hill will hold its ceremony at 11 at the Snow Hill Primary School in the multi-purpose room. Lunch will be served.
At ECU, the university will recognize 40 veterans during its annual paver dedication ceremony.
The Victory Bell will be struck with the reading of each of the honorees. The engraved pavers honor those who provided service in support of national defense.
The ceremony begins at 2 at Memorial Walk at Christenbury Gym.