Celebrate Veterans Day with local alternatives

Celebrate Veterans Day with local alternatives
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Lt. Col. Bill Parker (U.S. Marines, Ret.) offering a story during a previous Veterans Day ceremony.

By David Rogers. October 31, 2018. BLOWING ROCK, NC — Throughout the history of our country, millions of men and women have served in the armed forces with a singular purpose: to protect and defend the United States of America and the freedoms and liberties that we all enjoy. The system may not be perfect, but it has perfectly led to the growth of the USA as the world’s pre-eminent military and economic powerhouse.

Each November we celebrate Veterans Day to recognize the contributions of those military men and women who have served.  In Blowing Rock next Friday, November 8th, our citizens and their visitors have two great opportunities to recognize them.

Thursday, November 8th, 1:00 pm (students and veterans) and 6:00 pm  (parents, citizens and visitors) — Blowing Rock School

Organized by community member and grandparent of students Julie Anderson, the Blowing Rock School first grade classes of teachers Kate Patterson and Missy Searcy will present a Veterans Day play.  Patterson contacted Blowing Rock News to say that any and all veterans in the area are invited to hear and interact with the students who have spent hours practicing patriotic songs and rehearsing lines in the play.

Friday, November 9th, 11:00 am — American Legion Building on Wallingford St.

American Legion Post 256 Commander Albert Yount

At 11:00 am, there is a special ceremony at the American Legion Building in Blowing Rock, led by Lt. Col. William Parker (U.S. Marines, Ret.) and American Legion Post 256 Commander Albert Yount. Each year, many military veterans, business leaders, government officials and residents of Blowing Rock listen to poignant, commemorative stories and messages and sing patriotic songs.



About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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