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.
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.