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11/9/2017 5:35:00 PM
Veterans Day Is Saturday
7th annual Veterans Breakfast at Union Elementary School.(Photo Courtesy Dr. Sandra Andrews, LCS)
7th annual Veterans Breakfast at
Union Elementary School.

(Photo Courtesy Dr. Sandra Andrews, LCS)

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  • City, county, state and federal government offices will be closed Friday in observance of the holiday.  The landfill and convenience sites will operate on their regular schedule (they are only closed four days each year--Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day).  Since the holiday is on Saturday and observed by government offices on Friday, city trash collections will not be affected.  See our article WATER WORKS WILL CAUSE DETOURS, INTERTUPTION for information about a water project scheduled for Friday.

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Saturday is Veterans Day. Schools will be closed Friday as will government offices in observance of the holiday.

Many people confuse Veterans Day and Memorial Day. Both holidays were established to recognize and honor the men and women who served in the US Armed Forces, but Memorial Day, observed the last Monday in May, was set aside as a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of our country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.

While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, observed on November 11th, the anniversary of the armistice agreement that ended World War I, Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all those who served - in wartime or peacetime. Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living Veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security, and to recognize that all who served - not only those who died - did their duty and potentially put their lives on the line in service to our country.

Lincolnton will celebrate Veterans Day with the annual Veterans Day Parade and ceremony. The parade starts at 11 AM and will march down East Main Street from Flint Street to the Courtsquare. A ceremony on the east side of the Courtsquare will follow the parade.

Everyone is invited to march in the parade--just show up at the line-up on Water Street at 10 AM. and join the group. The Lincolnton High School Marching Band will be in the parade.

The Veterans Day ceremony will include the presentation of the 2017 Lincoln County Veteran of the Year award.

The event is organized by the Lincoln County Veterans Council and sponsored by American Legion Post 30, which will hold its annual breakfast for Legion members Saturday morning.

Other Veterans Day events in our area included the Eastern Lincoln Historical Society's Veterans Recognition Day Saturday 5:30 - 8 PM in the Denver United Methodist Church gymnasium. Dinner will be followed by a program where veterans will be individually honored.

Gastonia's Veterans Day Parade will line up beginning at 10 AM at the intersection of Broad Street and Main Avenue, then at 11 AM march west down Main to South Street, then down South Street to Second Avenue, then turn east and end at Memorial Hall at 109 W. Second Ave. where a brief program will be held. The speaker will be retired US Army Col. Mike Cloy, case manager for Asheville-based Veterans Services of the Carolinas, which helps homeless military veterans in Gaston, Cleveland and Lincoln counties find housing.

In Cleveland County, Kings Mountain will celebrate Veterans Day Parade Friday. It will begin at 10:30 AM at the War Memorial across from the Joy Performance Center. The parade will continue to the Patriot Memorial at Patriots Park in downtown Kings Mountain, where a program will begin at 11 AM. John Parker, 1st Vice Commander of the American Legion, will speak and the Loch Norman Pipe Band will play music.

On Saturday, the American Legion and Auxiliary will host their second annual Cleveland County Veterans Day Parade through uptown Shelby at 10 AM. The parade will be followed by a program at 11 on the Shelby court square.

The town of Catawba will have an all-day (10 AM - 4 PM) celebration of Veterans Day. The event starts at 10 AM Saturday with food, crafts, music, information booths, and kids activities. A parade will begin at 2 PM through downtown Catawba.

A Veterans Day Cruise-In is scheduled for Sunday afternoon 1 - 5 PM in downtown Lincolnton.

A Veterans Day tradition was continued on Thursday (Nov. 9th) at Union Elementary School. The school hosted its 7th annual Veterans Breakfast. This was actually the 29th annual Veterans Salute program at Union School on the Reepsville Road. It all began with the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) doing a program at the flag pole in front of the school. In recent years, Principal Heather Houser and her staff have coordinated a breakfast to honor area vets. Following a meal catered by the Homeplace restaurant, members of the Air Force JROTC at Maiden High School performed drills and the Reggie Sadler Family sang several songs. The West Lincoln Navy JROTC also participated, presenting the colors for the singing of the national anthem. Following the program in the gym, the DAV rifle corps raised the flag in front of the school and students joined in the Pledge of Allegiance. Ed House told the students about the raising of the flag and lowering it to half staff in memory of those slain in the mass murder at a Texas church on Sunday. House then played Taps to close the ceremony.

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