Several events in connection with Veterans Day are planned in Wilkes County this month.

On courthouse lawn

The annual Veterans Day program on the Wilkes County Courthouse lawn is at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Featured speaker will be Eddie Settle, chairman of the Wilkes County commissioners. Ivy Cooper will sing the National Anthem. Wilkes Veterans Service Officer Allison Huffman will give the welcome. Larry Reavis, chaplain of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1142, will give the invocation and the benediction. Scouts in Boy Scout Troops 301 and 399 will present the colors.

Representatives of VFW Post 1142, American Legion Post 31, Disabled Veteran Chapter 33 and Williams-Canter Marine Corps League 187 will place wreaths at the veterans monument on the courthouse lawn.

Rick Murnock and Kerry Nichols will read the roll call of Wilkes military personnel who died in the nation’s wars starting with World War I. VFW Post 1142 will fire a salute.

Brick dedication

The Wilkes Heritage Museum’s annual Veterans’ Brick Dedication Ceremony is at 4 p.m. Saturday on the museum front lawn.

The event is for dedicating bricks purchased in memory or in honor of veterans and placed on museum front lawn since the last dedication ceremony. The museum sells them for $100 apiece as a fundraiser. They are inscribed with names and dates of military service of veterans.

LaRaye Wyatt of the Mulberry community will be featured speaker. She is a Wilkes County native, veteran and Wilkesboro ABC manager. Benjamin Barker will provide patriotic music. Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1142 and the Williams-Canter Detachment of the Marine Corps League will also participate.

Wyatt was in the U.S. Army from June 2003 to July 2009. She received the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal. Her first duty station was in Yongsan, South Korea, for 12 months.

Following her honorable discharge, she returned to Wilkes and married David Wyatt on Nov. 24, 2011. They have six children. Wyatt has associates of arts and associates of general studies degrees from Wilkes Community College. She was a stay-at-home mother for eight years before starting work at Wilkesboro ABC, where she has been general manager since September 2020.

Memorial Avenue event

The annual Veterans Day event in at the corner of Ninth (Memorial Avenue) and D streets, near the monument honoring Wilkes men who died in World War I, is at 11 a.m., Nov. 11. If there is inclement weather, it will be moved to the covered portion of the Yadkin Valley Marketplace (where the Wilkes Farmer’s Market is held) along the CBD Loop.

Featured speaker will be Crystal Miller, field operations manager for the N.C. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Mike Shew, North Wilkesboro streets supervisor, will introduce Miller.

North Wilkesboro Mayor Robert Johnson and North Wilkesboro Town Manager Wilson Hooper will give the welcome. Rev. George Morgan will give the invocation and benediction. Judy Bainbridge will sing the National Anthem and provide additional music. Ashley Faw will lead as the Pledge of Allegiance is recited when Wilkes Central High School Air Force Junior ROTC cadets present the colors.

Andrew Griffin and Diane Yates will read the names of Wilkes military personnel who died in the nation’s wars starting with World War I. VFW Post 1142 will fire a salute. Representatives of veterans organizations sand family members of Wilkes men who died in WWI will place a wreath at the WWI monument.

At Whippoorwill Academy and Village

Whippoorwill Academy and Village will hold a celebration for veterans starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. Veterans and others are invited to bring items from time served in the military. The items will be displayed in the Smokehouse Gallery.

There will also be a time for veterans to tell about their experiences in the military. Flags for each branch of service will be on displayed. Awards will be given.

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