Events set to honor veterans

Published 9:45 pm Monday, November 5, 2018

Veterans Day is Sunday, Nov. 11. Remembering loved ones and our neighbors who are veterans has never been easier with events around the region celebrating Veterans Day through the weekend into Monday.

Veterans can eat free Friday, Nov. 9, at the Randolph District Volunteer Fire Department during a spaghetti dinner held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will support the fire department. 

Celebrations will kick off Saturday, Nov. 10, with the Farmville Jarheads organization celebrating the birthday of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) at Charley’s Waterfront Cafe beginning 6 p.m. A guest speaker at the event will be Jim Land, founder of the Marine Corps Scout Sniper program. The USMC was founded Nov. 10, 1775.

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Participants can also take a luminary tour of some of the most pivotal sites of the Civil War Nov. 10 at Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park. The first tour is set to begin at 6 p.m., with the second beginning at 7 p.m.

“Two, evening time, ranger-guided hikes will leave from the historic Hillsman House and take visitors along the newly established ‘Wheaton Trail’, located behind the house. Eight separate stops posted on the hiking trail will feature living historians, each providing a brief, first-person account of a specific portion of the Battles of Sailor’s Creek,” a news release from the event cited. “Over 500 candlelit luminaries will line the trail representing the life of a Northern or Southern soldier who gave their last full measure in the final major engagement of the war in Virginia.”

Veterans can also be celebrated on Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Farmville Train Station. The celebration will be sponsored by the American Legion Post 32, the Friends of the High Bridge Trail State Park and Heart of Virginia Community Band.

Buckingham County Public Schools elementary and primary school students are set to hold a similar program Monday, Nov. 12, from 8:30-10:45 a.m.

“The students will perform for community veterans and show their patriotism,” an announcement of the event cited. “The public is welcome to attend.”

The Cumberland Ruritan Club is inviting all veterans to a breakfast celebrating their service Monday, Nov. 12, at 8 a.m. at the Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department Building on Route 13, located at 30 Old Buckingham Road.

Fuqua School and Prince Edward County Public Schools (PECPS) are holding celebrations and inviting veterans to attend in order for students to honor them. The event at PECPS is taking place from 9-10 a.m. with a reception afterward on Monday, Nov. 12, at the Prince Edward County High School Auditorium. The event is being sponsored by the National Junior Honor Society at the high school.

Fuqua School is set to hold an event honoring veterans on Monday, Nov. 12 from 11 a.m.-noon at Crute Stage along Main Street in Farmville.