PEMBROKE —Pembroke’s annual Veterans Day parade will march on despite setbacks from Hurricane Matthew.
“This is one of the longest running parades,” said Greg Cummings, Pembroke’s new mayor and parade organizer. “This parade has been running since just after World War II. It was started by World War II veterans.”
Cummings said that because of the aftereffects of Hurricane Mathew he thought the parade may have to be canceled.
“I was very surprised that everyone who had committed to participate in the parade continued to say they would take part in the parade as scheduled for Veteran’s Day,” he said.
The parade, which will feature marching units, queens and bands, will begin at Pembroke Elementary School at 10 a.m. and end at the Givens Performing Arts Center at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
At 11 a.m, there will be a ceremony honoring veterans at the Milton R. Hunt Memorial Park, and from noon to 3 p.m. the local chapter of the VFW will serve fish and chicken plates at its headquarters on Union Chapel Road. Plates are $8.
In addition to the Pembroke parade, residents of Robeson County will have several other opportunities Friday to honor those who have served their country.
St. Pauls High School will mark Veterans Day by giving back to the community with a supply giveaway.
From 8 a.m. to noon, those in need can drive up to the high school and pick up toiletries, cleaning supplies, diapers and water. Residents 65 and older should come from 8 to 9 a.m. The school is located at 648 N. Old Stage Road.
Veterans are invited to Fairmont’s Border Belt Farmers Museum starting at 8 a.m. for pastries, juice, coffee and “a proper tribute for their service,” according to museum co-curator Charles Kemp. The museum is located at 101 E. Thompson St.
It’s the third year the museum will host the event.
“I believe it’s vitally important that we honor, respect and pay tribute to those men and women who have served our country,” said Kemp, who is also a town council member.
At 11 a.m. Disabled American Veterans Chapter 7 will hold a Veterans Day program for soldiers, airmen, Marines and sailors at the plaza in downtown Lumberton.