Veterans Day observance Sunday, Nov. 11

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Wilson County’s retired and active-duty military will be honored during the annual Veterans Day ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11, beginning at 2 p.m. in front of the Wilson County Courthouse.

The rain location will be City Council Chambers, third floor of Wilson City Hall, 112 Goldsboro St. NE.

The time is a change from past years, acknowledged Ray Chambers, chairman of the Wilson County Committee on Patriotism.

Typically, the Veterans Day event has started at 11 a.m., “but we didn’t want to ask our veterans to choose between church and our ceremony,” he said. The committee believes a 2 p.m. start will allow everyone time to attend church and still arrive on time.

As for the date, the committee wasn’t going to move the ceremony off the 11th. Veterans Day recognizes that World War I ended on Nov. 11, 1918, Chambers said.

“That date was when the Armistice with Germany was signed … it is important to us.”

The service will include the usual mix of patriotic music and observances. The chorus of New Hope Elementary School, led by teacher Tasha Weatherington, will perform several songs. The junior ROTCs of Beddingfield, Fike and Hunt high schools will conduct flag rituals. Torry Winston will sing the national anthem.

The guest speaker will be Morgan P. Dickerman, chairman of The Wilson Times and a long-time member of the Committee on Patriotism. He is expected to speak about the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and the founding of a local American Legion Post.

The event will end with a 21-gun salute by a squad of local veterans, followed by the playing of taps.

Veterans and their families will be invited to have refreshments after the event.