The parade, of course, marks the armistice that ended World War I in 1918, and you'd expect a good crowd this year since it falls on a Saturday.
Dr. Darryl J. Pirok will place the wreath on the courthouse monument honoring all five branches of the service, and Reverend R. Bruce Johnson will give the benediction. Afterward, the veterans will attend a reception where there will be opportunities for them to speak with the children.
Parade grand marshals are Col. Todd Ferry, USMC, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point and Capt. Gerald Woelkers, commanding officer of the Naval Health Clinic aboard the air station. Norman Sanderson, R-Carteret, Craven and Pamlico counties; and Rep. Michael Speciale, R-Craven and Pamlico.
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First Presbyterian Church, Morehead City, invites all veterans to a free barbecue lunch after the parade.
And don't forget that it's also a good time to pay respects to our fallen veterans at any of the South Bay memorials in their honor, including the San Jose Veterans Memorial near the Center for the Performing Arts, the Sons of San Jose Vietnam War memorial near SAP Center, the Santa Clara Veterans Memorial in Central Park, the Cupertino Veterans Memorial at Memorial Park, where there will be a program at 11 a.m. Saturday. Food Lion, Smithfield's CVS Pharmacy and Fat Fellas BBQ have donated menu items.
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While Carteret County is home to more than 9,000 veterans, the Third Congressional District is home to more than 65,000 veterans so district residents understand, perhaps more than other Americans, the sacrifice and the selfless, heroic service the nation's veterans have given the United States.
The meal is designed not only to honor those who have and are now serving our country but also serves as a fundraiser.
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