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.

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 and a handicap accessible van 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

George McDowell served a total of eight years on active and reserve duty in the U. S. Army. He was a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division for a year. In two tours with the 1st Infantry Division on the DMZ in the Republic of Korea as a helicopter pilot, he flew border-patrol missions, troop insertion and extraction flights, and recon and resupply missions. After his Army service, George attended St. John’s College in Annapolis and graduated the University of Maryland School of Law. George practiced law for 30 years and is now retired. He happily serves as a househusband and as junior vice-commander of the Cary Franklin-Sloan Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7383.  

Shelton M. Faircloth is a combat veteran with over 21 years in the Army before retiring in 2011 at the rank of Sergeant First Class (E-7). He was deployed and mobilized several times during his military career. Shelton received his undergraduate degree in computer science from Norfolk State University in 1998 and his master’s in business administration in 2008 from North Carolina State University. He started his VA career as an MSA, now VEC, in the 8A prime clinic in 2011. In July 2012, he advanced to work in the Telehealth department. After over 4 years of working in Telehealth and volunteering in the OIF, he was hired in February 2017 to the position of Transition Patient Advocate with the Transition and Care Management Program. Shelton is an active member of The American Legion Cary Post 67 as current Commander and also volunteers with several mentoring groups for young men.  

The Old North State Band will be performing patriotic music throughout the event.

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 monument every Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Other Veterans Day Celebrations

Memorial Day Remembrance

Monday, May 28, 2018 | 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.

Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather, check our Weather Status Page.