Moore County is known for being a great place for veterans, active duty members, and military families to live, and our Second Annual Veterans Weekend is the perfect way to celebrate and honor the service of military veterans in the Moore County community. 

The weekend kicks off on Saturday, November 8th with the Southern Pines Veterans Day parade at 10:00AM. The parade will be followed by a chili cook-off sponsored by the Special Forces Association. Memorial ceremonies are also planned for Saturday morning and afternoon. Veterans Memorial in Carthage will host its 9th annual ceremony at 10:00AM, while a service will be held at the Aberdeen Lake Veterans Memorial at 1:00PM.

On Sunday, Southern Pines will host the Patriotic Pop Concert featuring Todd Allen Herendeen, the artist behind the #1 hit “My Name is America.” The concert begins at 5:00PM at Pinecrest High School’s Robert E. Lee Auditorium. Known for being an amazing entertainer, Todd’s vocals and performance skills are sure to make for an incredible show.

On Tuesday the 11th, the Veterans Day Official Observance will be held at Pinehurst Village Hall at 11:00AM. The featured speaker is Major General Jimmie Jaye Wells, the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army Forces Command. The event will be followed at 1:30PM by the Veterans Putting Challenge at Mid Pines Country Club. This fun, family-oriented competition will raise funds to support veterans and veterans’ widows in the community.

Our Veterans Day Weekend celebration isn't the only thing that attracts active military members, veterans and their families to our area. Moore County is conveniently located just 35 minutes from the Fort Bragg post headquarters, so service members have an easy commute. Our ideal location enables Moore County to benefit economically from nearby military institutions without having an impact on the area’s lifestyle, as Moore County Partners in Progress points out. In fact, Moore County offers military families an incredibly high quality of life, with a wide variety of “shopping, restaurants, entertainment, great schools, [and] excellent community/town facilities and organizations.”

Another factor that makes Moore County so military-friendly is the supportive community. Community members are constantly working to show military families their gratitude, whether that’s by offering discounts to military personnel, writing letters to soldiers, or volunteering at a nearby military hospital. The North Carolina Military Business Center even has a specialist in Moore County devoted to encouraging and supporting veteran entrepreneurs, and the entire community makes an effort to support businesses started by veterans, including Aberdeen’s Railhouse Brewery.

Regardless of the time of year, Moore County is a community that always supports and honors those who serve our country. If you are an active military member stationed at Ft. Bragg, Pope Field or Camp Mackall and are looking for a great community to raise your family, learn more about relocating to the Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen area!

Photos from the 2013 Southern Pines Veterans Parade courtesy of The Pilot

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