In case you hadn’t heard, Fayetteville is planning a HUGE, 10-day recognition of Vietnam veterans from Nov. 4 – 13. It’s called Heroes Homecoming and more than 60 events (concerts, films, lectures, demonstrations, displays, etc.) will be part of program, including a big parade downtown. Sixty events require a lot of planning and a lot of work to pull off. Here’s how you can volunteer:
The Army’s Army, the go-to organization in Fayetteville for supporting the military, veterans and their families, is stepping forward to recruit additional volunteer participation in order to ensure Vietnam vets get the long overdue homecoming and personal attention they deserve.
“Fayetteville is a model community when it comes to our support for the military, veterans and their families,” said Army’s Army Executive Director Janine West. “We want to encourage everyone to get involved in Heroes Homecoming by volunteering at one of the many events taking place here leading up to Veterans Day.”
Heroes Homecoming, the largest commemoration of its kind, is a 10-day celebration giving Vietnam vets the welcome home they deserve but never received. Home to the largest military installation in the country and to Fort Bragg, where more than 200,000 troops trained before being deployed to Vietnam, there is no better place to host this event than in Fayetteville. All Heroes Homecoming events recognize the service and sacrifice of veterans, ranging from concerts and parades, to lectures and movie screenings, to cultural celebrations and recognition ceremonies.
One of the larger events taking place during Heroes Homecoming is the first ever Heroes Crusade sporting tournament. The three-day tournament, which will kick off Heroes Homecoming from November 4-6, will consist of a rugby tournament, golf tournament, and run/walk/bike. Proceeds will benefit three military charities: Wounded Warrior Project, Green Beret Foundation and RDU AMBUCS. It’s unlike any other sporting event out there in that elite athletes and wounded warriors will compete side-by-side, all in the name of honoring wounded servicemen and servicewomen.
“We’ve already gotten a great response from our members and partners that plan on volunteering, but we need more to make sure we can give our Vietnam vets the ‘welcome home’ they deserve,” added West.
The Army’s Army, established in 2008, is the world’s only non-profit volunteer organization of citizens and businesses who have pledged their moral, physical and spiritual support to those in the military. The Army’s Army is closely involved with several of the community’s largest military events, including 31 Day Salute and Ft. Bragg MWR’s Operation Celebrate Freedom. It was recently recognized by ABC as a leading military support organization as a result of its involvement with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition when the reality television show came to town this past summer to build a new home for a military family. Just like with these events, the Army’s Army plans to throw its full support behind Heroes Homecoming.
To learn more about available volunteer opportunities for Heroes Homecoming, contact Kaki Vansickle at firstname.lastname@example.org or (910) 822-4501. For Heroes Crusade, contact Janine West at email@example.com or (910) 709-9671.
Heroes Homecoming is held in partnership with the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and is being presented by WRAL-TV. For more information on Heroes Homecoming, visit HeroesHomecoming.com.
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