Veterans Day Activities in Charlotte NC Small Towns
Charlotte NC’s small towns are proud of their veterans and their service to the country. Several area events honor local veterans this weekend, November 7th and 8th with additional ceremonies on Veterans Day, November 11th. Here is a recap of some of the activities in the towns.
The Warriers and Warbirds 2009 Air Show, one of the largest area celebrations takes place at the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport in Monroe NC. This two-day airshow features the Flying Fortress B-17 bomber, the Memphis Belle, and three B-25 bombers. Gates at the airport open Saturday and Sunday at 9am with the airshow starting at 12:30pm. Dauntless Dive Bomber rides and helicopter rides will be available to those who want to know what it was like for the veterans to fly into battle.
Local pilots started Warriors & Warbirds in 2005 to preserve the history of aviation and to memorialize those who perished while serving their country. The City of Monroe, the Veterans Council of Union County and local businesses support the organization and the airshow.
At the Levine Senior Center in Matthews NC, daily events honoring veterans began on November 2 and continue until November 10th. These special activities have included a USO show, patriotic music, an ice cream social, a veterans seminar, and a movie. On November 9th, an F-4 cockpit simulator will be available. A veterans celebration with recognition and entertainment will take place on November 10th at the Levine Senior Center.
The Matthews Rotary Club will sponsor the 5th annual Matthews Rotary Bluegrass Festival on Saturday November 7th in Stumptown Park in downtown Matthews NC. Activities include a 30-mile/60-mile Bike Ride, a 5K race, a one-mile fun run, a chili cook-off and bluegrass entertainers.
Read more about last year’s Bluegrass Festival: Veterans Day in Matthews NC.
Mint Hill NC
The Mint Hill Historical Society presents a Salute to Veterans at the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village in downtown Mint Hill on Saturday November 7th. The grounds of the Historic Village will have Civil War re-enactors and demonstrators and military memorabilia, equipment and uniforms will be on display.
Read more and view photos of last year’s event: Veterans Day in Mint Hill NC.