The celebration and veterans’ information fair is in conjunction with the 2022 Southeast N.C. Veterans Day Parade, which steps off at 11 a.m. Nov. 12 at Third and Hanover streets and ends at the celebration site at Second and Market streets. Parade participants and visitors are welcome to attend.
The historic BB55 Battleship North Carolina Replica will be on display during the celebration. Stop by and get a close-up look at this historic Battleship Replica, an important part of Wilmington’s history.
Children donating $1 to the “Save the BB55 Battleship Replica Fund” will receive an I.D. Card making them an Honorary Admiral of the BB55.
Festivities will kick off around 11:30 a.m., as parade participants begin to arrive after their part in the parade has ended. Local bands Striking Copper and the Clams will perform there, and food trucks will serve up treats.
Groups and individuals who would like a chance to interact with and hand out materials to veterans and their families and supporters can register to bring tables, displays and 10- by 10-foot tents to set up in the street.
Businesses that wish to have tents are requested to become parade sponsors. Your donation will entitle you to space in the official parade program as well as a place at the information fair.
To register to participate, please email Si Cantwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The local unit of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation will be collecting Christmas stocking items for veterans who are hospitalized or in nursing homes.
Donations of stocking stuffers such as snacks and candy, socks and slippers, small notepads and toiletries will be appreciated.
The celebration and information fair will go until around 2 p.m.