The Veteran Affairs Committee met Thursday January 23. This was the final meeting of the 2018-2019 board and the new board will begin meeting in February.
The committee members voted to ask the board of commissioners to solicit bids for repairs to the memorial wall and they’re communicating with local experts who can paint the artillery piece near the memorial wall.
They also discussed the 2019 Veterans Outreach held in May and briefly discussed dates and plans for the 2020 Outreach. This year the program will expand to include caregivers for disabled veterans.
During the Veterans Day ceremony they discovered a few issues in the park: the sidewalk needed to be cleared of pine needles, the benches need o be pressure washed and some of the flags were hung with cotton rope which had deteriorated in the weather. Moving forward, an emphasis will be put on inspecting the park a week prior to each ceremony and making repairs as necessary.
The repairs and cleaning of the park give the VAC an opportunity to partner with the Appearance Committee or the Parks and Rec. Committee. There’s been some talk of creating opportunities for all of the committees to partner on various projects during this term. It fosters fellowship and a greater sense of community so the VAC is excited to participate.
They also discussed helping Lone Survivor Foundation prepare for their grand opening this spring, fundraising for their projects to offset the costs to taxpayers, and purchasing name plates for the monument.
Finally, they discussed the recap meeting for the Cumberland County Heroes HomecomingVII. The above video was created by Cumberland County Heroes Homecoming and shows the many wonderful events which took place in November 2019. Hope Mills features prominently in the video.
Notes for 2020 Heroes Homecoming VII:
1 – Dirtbag Ales created a new beer “Homecoming Pilsner” which was debuted during Veterans Day.
4 – County Municipalities hosted events.
22 – Events held across Cumberland County.
31 – Organizations involved.
168 – Missing Man tables setup in various locations across the County.
2,300 – “Thank You” signs distributed and displayed during the Veterans Day Parade.
10,000 – Calendar brochures passed out.
Heroes Homecoming VIII remembrances will be held November 5 – 11, 2020 and the Fayetteville Veterans Day Parade will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020.
The proposed theme for the 2020 Heroes Homecoming Activities is “Fierce Female” Honoring “Military Connected Women”. This encompasses all Women; Active Duty, Veteran, Retired, Spouses and Children.
The Capstone event will be held at Rick’s Place. There is an obstacle course there that was designed by someone who participated in the “American Ninja Warrior” competition.