All may be quiet at Franklin County Veterans’ Memorial Park in Rocky Mount today, but on Monday, Nov. 11 dozens will gather to honor those who have fought for America.

The Veterans Day Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. with the presentation of colors by the Franklin County High School’s JROTC, the Pledge of Allegiance and the placing of the wreath by Staff Sgt. Harry Coates, a World War II veteran and member of the Franklin County Veterans’ Memorial Commission. Coates will also execute the releasing of a dove during the ceremony.

Mary Cook and Kristin Scott are scheduled to perform this year’s national anthem, as well as provide music throughout the ceremony. Temple Baptist Church Pastor Don Reynolds, a Vietnam War veteran, will offer the opening prayer.

Speakers for this year’s event include Lt. Col. Larry Moore, Spc. 4 James Jordan, Spc. 1 Debra Weir, Sgt. Jimmie Hancock, Pastor Eddie Hawks of Woodlawn Baptist Church and Rocky Mount Assistant Town Manager Matt Hankins.

The annual Veterans Day Ceremony is presented by the Franklin County Veterans’ Memorial Commission, which is chaired by Gary Solomon, who also is a representative of the Waidsboro Ruritan Club.

The event is free and open to the public. Afterward, veterans, families and friends are invited to attend a luncheon at Woodlawn Baptist Church.

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