Patriotic festival seeks sponsorships, donations

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WALSTONBURG — Organizers of next month’s Proud to Be an American Day are seeking sponsorships and donations to make the patriotic festival memorable in its 10th year.

American Legion Post 332 will host the annual celebration of veterans and military service beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 21 in downtown Walstonburg and at the 102 S. Main St. post home.

“We honor our veterans, military and our fallen heroes on this day as a way to say thank you for their sacrifice and the freedom we as a nation enjoy,” Post 332 Commander Ray Holloman wrote in a fundraising letter.

The daylong festival features military vehicle displays, food vendors, arts and crafts booths, a children’s play area with rides and ceremonies to honor active-duty troops, veterans and members of the military who made the ultimate sacrifice.

U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-Farmville, and retired Gen. J.R. Gorham, author of “Growing Today’s Leaders the Old-Fashioned Way,” will serve as guest speakers.

A rifle team from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point will perform a 21-gun salute “as we honor our deceased and fallen heroes,” Holloman wrote.

The main event will be a recognition ceremony for all veterans and service members in attendance set to begin at 11 a.m.

“At this time, each veteran and military person present will be introduced through an American flag line one by one and greeted with cheers from the crowd,” Holloman wrote in a fundraising letter. “This is a very impressive and well-received part of the program.”

Organizers are accepting donations of any amount in order to pay for the festival’s costs. Any additional proceeds will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club, interfaith food pantry and needy families in Greene County.

Donors’ names will be published on a sponsor board visible year-round, Holloman said.

Make checks out to American Legion Post 332 and mail to 311 N Wilson St., Walstonburg, NC 27888.

For more information on the festival, visit www.walstonburgproudtobeanamericanday.com. Holloman can be reached at 252-714-3954 and rayholloman@embarqmail.com.