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Best Veterans Day Events In Charlotte

November 4, 2013 7:00 AM

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Originally a day honoring the close of World War I, which ended with an armistice signed on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, November 11 became a national holiday honoring all United States veterans in 1954, thanks to a proclamation by then-President Dwight Eisenhower. Today, it is celebrated around the country with parades, wreath-laying ceremonies and special deals for veterans at many restaurants and other businesses. Charlotte plans a full roster of activities, as well as fund-raising events for organizations that support our troops and their families and the opportunity for an exciting ride in a B-17.
Annual “Salute To Veterans” Parade
Uptown Charlotte
600 S. Tryon St. (End)
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 553-7077

Date: Nov. 9, 2013 at 11 a.m.Active military units, veterans’ organizations and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) units march down Tryon accompanied by antique autos and marching bands from local middle and high schools at this annual event. More than 2,000 observers are expected to line the parade route stretching from 700 N. Tryon Street to 600 S. Tryon. The Carolinas Freedom Foundation, which organizes the parade, also hosts a wreath-laying ceremony on Friday, November 8 at 11:45 a.m. in The Square following the annual Freedom Breakfast, highlighted by the presentation of the Freedom Award and a swearing-in ceremony for new citizens, held at the Blake Hotel.

Related: A Guide To the Mecklenburg County Vietnam Veterans Memorial

B-17 Flying Fortress Fly-In
Carolinas Aviation Museum
4672 First Flight Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
(704) 997-3770

Dates: Nov. 8-10, 2013The Aluminum Overcast, a fully restored World War II B-17 Flying Fortress, comes to the Carolinas Aviation Museum for Veterans weekend. One of the few of its kind still airworthy, this icon of the Allied bombing program will host flight tours during the morning hours and ground tours in the afternoons. Tickets for flights are available in advance and ground tours of the aircraft are free for veterans, active military and children eight and under. The Carolinas Aviation Museum, located on the south side of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, also has numerous other military and civilian aircraft on permanent display, including an F-14D Tomcat, an F-4 Phantom II, a Piedmont DC-3, a Sea Knight helicopter and the actual “Miracle on the Hudson” Airbus landed in the river by Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger without loss of life on January 15, 2009.

Charlotte Checkers Military Appreciation Night
Time Warner Cable Arena
333 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 688-9000

Date: Nov. 9, 2013 at 7 p.m.The Checkers meet their American Hockey League rivals the Chicago Wolves for a game dedicated to our armed services. Highlights of the night include a digital camo hat giveaway, a blood drive and a swearing-in ceremony for new members of the U.S. Air Force. The Carolina Panthers honor servicemen and women the following week on Monday night, November 18. Six selected men and women, one from each of the armed forces, will be featured at the nationally televised “Salute to Service” game against the New England Patriots.

Inaugural Charlotte National Veterans Day Run
McAlpine Creek Park
8711 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28212
(704) 552-8213

Date: Nov. 10, 2013 at 4 p.m.This first-time event, part of a national fund-raising effort, includes both a timed 5K run and a one-mile family walk. Discounts are offered to active military and veterans. Non-runners are encouraged to make a $5 donation, all of which will benefit the event’s charity partner Folds of Honor, providing scholarships and other assistance to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in the line of duty. A Veterans Day ceremony precedes the beginning of the race. Another fundraising run, the Wounded Warrior 4 Mile Run And Walk, along with a one-mile Family Fun Run will be held in Kings Mountain on Saturday, November 9 at 9 a.m. Proceeds from this race benefit USO-NC, providing support to service men and women in North Carolina.

Related: Best Places In Charlotte That Offer A Military Discount

Rotary Peace Walk
Freedom Park
1900 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 266-0080

Date: Nov. 11, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.This family-friendly event sponsored by Rotary International promotes peace and change at the grassroots level. Participants will walk around Freedom Park’s lake. All donations raised ($10 per participant) benefit Rotary Peace Centers dedicated to training new generations of leaders in the advancement of peace around the world as well as peace programs at local schools. No donation is required for veterans or children under 12.

With 15 years of experience covering restaurants in Charlotte and the Carolinas, and two regional guidebooks under her belt, Renee Wright examines the dining scene with enthusiasm plus a deep knowledge of food trends and outstanding local eating ops. Her work can be found at

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