VINTON–In 2012 Vinton and the entire Roanoke Valley will be celebrating not just Veteran’s Day, but Veteran’s weekend.
The Blue Ridge Veterans Celebration will begin with a tour of the National D-Day Memorial on Friday, November 9, followed by other activities in downtown Roanoke that evening.
In Vinton the weekend’s activities begin that same evening at the Vinton War Memorial with Retro Movie Night. The movie “Good Morning Vietnam” is the scheduled feature at 7:00 p.m. with guest speaker Adrian Cronauer.
Cronauer wrote the initial screenplay for the movie based on his experiences as a DJ for Armed Services Radio in Vietnam in 1965 and 1966.
Admission to the movie is free for veterans with a Blue Ridge Veterans Celebration Button (available at all Member One Federal Credit Union branches); donations are encouraged from other attendees. Concessions will be sold.
Retro Movie Night is sponsored by the “High Ground” Vinton-Roanoke County Veterans Monument Committee. Proceeds will benefit the monument.
More details are available from Mary Beth Layman, Special Programs Director for the Town of Vinton, at 540-983-0613 or online at www.facebook.com/vintonroanokecountyveteransmonument.
The public is also invited to a Veterans Day ceremony on the Vinton War Memorial grounds on Sunday, November 11, at 1 p.m. The ceremony will include an address by Keith Wilson, director of the Veterans Administration Regional Office. Angela Jasper will sing the National Anthem; the William Byrd High School JROTC Honor Guard will present the colors. The WBHS Jazz band will perform patriotic music; and the Reverend Morris Bennett will present the invocation.
In addition, there will be a cook-out for veterans from noon until 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of the War Memorial with free admission for veterans wearing Blue Ridge Veterans Celebration buttons. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and side items are being provided by Kroger. Others will be admitted with their $15.00 button purchased from Member One, which covers the cost of all the weekend festivities, except the D-Day Memorial tour, or by paying $8.00 at the door for the cookout event.
Information about the Sunday events at the Vinton War Memorial is available from Mary Beth Layman. Details about events scheduled throughout the weekend can be found online at www.blueridgeveteranscelebration.com.