Memorial Day Remembrance

Monday, May 29, 2017 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a ceremony in remembrance of those who have served our country. The ceremony will feature speakers from the Town of Cary and local armed forces community support groups. A list of speakers and community support groups will be available closer to the event date.

Free parking (regular and handicap accessible) will be available at Cary Academy (1500 N. Harrison Ave.), which is located across the street from the Veterans Freedom Park. There will be a shuttle that is handicap accessible running from Cary Academy's parking lot to the event at Veterans Freedom Park. There will also be a police provided crosswalk available to those who wish to walk from the parking lot instead of taking the shuttle.

Speakers and Entertainment

Chris Froeschner, serves as the Vice President of Operations for the USO of North Carolina where he leads, mentors, and develops five center directors, their staffs, and over 800 volunteers across the state as they provide over 563,000 services annually to Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, military retirees, troops in transition and their families. He joined the USO of North Carolina in April of 2014 shortly after retiring from 23 years of service in the US Air Force as a C-130 Navigator, Flight Mishap Investigator, Chief of Safety, and Commander at both the US Air Force Academy and NC State University Air Force ROTC. As a military brat, combat veteran, father to a military family, and former USO volunteer, Chris has a unique understanding of the challenges facing our service members and their families.

David Cole was born and raised in Northern California. After high school and college, David served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War as a combat historian with the 22nd Bomb Wing of the Strategic Air Command. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, David went on to build a successful employee benefits consulting firm in Central California (Frontiers Benefit Services), which was acquired by Wells Fargo in 2000. For the next six years, he worked with Wells Fargo as Vice President, Employee Benefits Division in Rancho Cordova, California with a focus on 401k, Pension, and other employee benefit plans until he relocated his family to North Carolina in 2006 and established an independent advisory business focused on Retirement Care and Veterans Benefit issues. David also serves on the membership committee of the Cary Central Rotary and as Director of the North Carolina Senior Care Council.

The Cary Town Band will provide patriotic music during the event.

Mayor Pro Tem Ed Yerha will provide remarks from the Town.

Special Features

Carolina Veterans Support Group will be providing a field of flags. Those that would like to sponsor a flag can do so here.

The Town will again offer toy soldiers that citizens can write a soldier's name on and place in the memorial as a way to honor all of those who have served in the armed forces. These soldiers will be saved and placed in the memorial every Memorial Day and Veterans Day.


Veterans Day Observance

Saturday, November 11, 2017 | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join us for a ceremony in observance of those who have served our country. The ceremony will feature speakers from the Town of Cary and local armed forces community support groups. A list of speakers and community support groups will be available closer to the event date.

Free parking is available at Cary Academy. A free, handicap-accessible convenience shuttle will be running before and after the ceremony from the Cary Academy parking lot, dropping guests off at the entrance to Veterans Freedom Park.

Other Veterans Day Celebrations

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