LAURINBURG — Veterans will be honored with ceremonies, free meals and other events across the city on Monday as the nation celebrates the men and women who have fought in its name.
Early Monday morning, city staff and the Laurinburg Downtown Revitalization Corporation will adorn the downtown area with small American flags, marking the 94th Nov. 11 since the end of World War I.
In 1938, Congress enacted Nov. 11 as Armistice Day, a federal holiday. The name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 so as to recognize U.S. troops who saw action in World War II and Korea.
On Monday, several local events will provide veterans with a meal free of charge. From 8-9:30 a.m., state Rep. Garland Pierce and Sheriff Shep Jones will host a military appreciation breakfast at Bright Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church on North Main Street for veterans and active duty military.
A breakfast for veterans and their spouses will be held from 9-11 a.m. at Partners in Ministry’s Community and Resource Center on 12th Street in East Laurinburg, with National Guard members speaking and a performance by Scotland High School’s Imani Gospel Choir.
At 11 a.m., the Scotland County Veterans Council will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony at Legion Park on Atkinson Street, where Pierce, who served in the U.S. Army from 1971-1974, will be the keynote speaker. U.S. Rep Richard Hudson is also expected to attend. The Laurinburg Police Department Honor Guard will present and retire the colors, the American Legion Post 181 will give a 21-gun salute, and the ceremony will end with a demonstration by an all-veteran parachute team.
Capping off this Veterans Day will be the 13th annual Golden Corral military appreciation dinner from 4-9 p.m. All veterans and active duty personnel may eat free at the restaurant at that time.
For those former military members seeking work in the civilian sphere, Scotland County JobLink will hold a career and resource fair on Thursday in the National Guard Armory. From 9-10 a.m., access will be given to veterans only, with the fair opening to the general public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Some 35 businesses and industries will be on site.