To say Duplin County was swelling with pride on Saturday, November 10th would be an understatement. Indeed it was a celebration of honor many experienced in Warsaw during this year?s 92 nd Veterans Day Celebration.
Started in 1921, Duplin County can lay claim to “The Oldest Consecutive Veterans Day Celebration in America.” And this year, to add to its remarkable distinction, Warsaw was also designated as a Veterans Day Regional Site for 2012 by the Veterans Day National Committee.
So much to be thankful for during this season of thanks and giving, and who better to honor than our service heroes? The tradition of the day-long celebration began with a pancake breakfast at the Masonic Lodge, followed by a community sidewalk sale in the downtown, and led up to a moving memorial service at Veteran?s Park.
Then, the clock struck 11am with a rousing Fly Over and Special Forces Jump Team, kicking off the annual parade. Thousands of onlookers lined the streets and cheered on the 103 parade entries complete with clowns, vintage cars, the signature Giant Shopping Cart, and of course the ultimate highlight of the parade ? our honored veterans.
Warsaw Fire Station was the site for mouth-watering southern BBQ plates for lunch, and then it was onto the Duplin County Veterans Museum for sharing memories from 1pm-4pm intermixed with an afternoon of fun activities ranging from a community-wide Corn Hole Tournament to street dancing.
Truly a day to celebrate our heroes.
Remember, as it is said ? if you can?t serve, serve those that do.
To all of our United States Veterans, Duplin County thanks you all! We look forward to honoring you and your service again next year!