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Field of Honor

Sat., May 20 - Fri., Jun. 30

Field is open to the public all day.

Field of Honor event is a way for the community to honor and memorialize the military members that are such an important part of this community. Hundreds of American flags fly on the Parade Grounds of the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Downtown Fayetteville every year, and the public is invited to visit the field and pay their respects. This event celebrates the veteran, regardless of time served, branch of military, or war-time service.

The Field of Honor Dedication Ceremony will be held at the ASOM at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 20; the field will then remain open to the public through June 30.

Presented by the Fayetteville Downtown Alliance.

Admission: Free

Airborne and Special Operations Museum (ASOM) - Parade Field, 100 Bragg Boulevard
Fayetteville NC 28301

America Salutes You

by Judith K. Miles

We salute you, dear troops!

You were called to go across the sea;

you answered with resolve to set a nation free;

you answered to protect your homeland with honor and with pride,

and to selflessly sacrifice your life for us, if need be.

We salute you, dear troops!

You were called and said goodbye without complaint

to do your duty, to keep us safe;

to keep us free;

to allow our nation to live in security.

We salute you, dear troops!

You were called to stop the enemy

who would strive to break our spirit;

who would beat us down to submit in fear;

to take our soul and bend our knee;

to worship them with all humility.



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A Symphonic Salute to the U.S. Armed Forces

Sun., May 28

Starting at 7:30 pm - Ending at 10:00 pm

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (FSO) is pleased to present their fifth annual free concert: "A Symphonic Salute to the U.S. Armed Forces." Conducted by Dr. Timothy Altman, UNCP Department of Music Department Chair, Professor of Trumpet, and Principal Trumpet of the FSO, the orchestra will perform a series of patriotic and popular works to honor all members of our Armed Forces for Memorial Day weekend. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to sit on, if needed. Food trucks will be on site to purchase food.

Note: In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors, to Huff Concert Hall at Methodist University.

Admission: Free

Festival Park, Corner of Ray Avenue and Rowan Street
Fayetteville NC 28301


Battleship North Carolina Memorial Day Observance

Mon., May 29

Starting at 5:45 pm - Ending at 6:30 pm

On Memorial Day, people of all generations from across the state will gather together on the deck of the USS North Carolina to pay their respects. This moving and meaningful ceremony includes military and patriotic musical arrangements featuring a military guest speaker, an all-service Color Guard, a 21-gun salute, and a memorial wreath cast into the water. Executive Director Captain Terry A. Bragg and members of the Battleship North Carolina Commission invite everyone to take part in this powerful Memorial Day observance ceremony.

Admission: Free

1 Battleship Road
Wilmington NC 28401


North Carolina Historic Site
Bentonville Battlefield

Civil War – A National Historic Landmark

The Battle of Bentonville, fought March 19-21, 1865, was the last full-scale action of the Civil War in which a Confederate army was able to mount a tactical offensive. This major battle, the largest ever fought in North Carolina, was the only significant attempt to defeat the large Union army of Gen. William T. Sherman during its march through the Carolinas in the spring of 1865. Continued

Lumbee Tribe and UNCP Bring “Strike At The Wind!” Back

By Dr. James Bass, executive director of GPAC


PEMBROKE – The legendary performance “Strike At The Wind!” is returning June 23 and 24 thanks to joint efforts by The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Givens Performing Art Center.

“Strike At The Wind!” debuted on July 1, 1976 at the site of the N.C. Indian Cultural Center and ran for about three decades. However, by the mid-1990s the box office receipts were not as strong as they were as early as a decade before, and the drama was put on hiatus in 1996. It returned briefly in 1999. The final performance was held in 2007.

In 2014, Dr. Jonathan Drahos, director of UNCP Theatre, came to the university from California, and learned about the play.

“I was determined to reach out to the local community with a theatre project that had some impact on the community,” Drahos said. “I think that Native American history quite simply is embedded in the soil of Southeast NC. The story of Henry Berry Lowery and the small slice of the Lowery Gang legacy depicted in this play contributes to the celebration of the extraordinary contemporary Lumbee Indian culture - a culture that endures and continues to inspire.”

When Dr. Robin Gary Cummings became Chancellor of UNCP in 2015 he began meeting with local leaders to discuss collaborative partnerships. One of those meetings was with Lumbee Tribal Chairman Harvey Godwin, who played the role of Henry Berry Lowery for six seasons.

“The partnership with UNCP is critical to the Tribe and to the drama,” said Godwin. “We were able to secure the rights to the music and script for three years.  Along with the expertise, funding, talent, and infrastructure offered by UNCP, this drama will be brought back to life.  There has been a void, especially among our young people, since this drama has been gone.  Working with UNCP, there will be a new look, a new vision, under new direction.”


Cummings said that the University embraced the opportunity to partner with the Tribe because of UNCP’s central role in the Lumbee community.

“The play was beloved by generations during its decades-long run, and I am proud the university is helping to introduce the important work to new audiences,” Cummings said.

Godwin added that the partnership goes beyond the production of the play.


“Joint efforts between the Tribe and UNCP will help us keep this part of our story alive for future generations."


Tickets for Strike At The Wind are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. They can be purchased online by visiting or by calling 910.521.6361.





The N.C. Peach Festival is a testament to the peach growing history of Montgomery County. We have a strong generational connection to the peach industry dating back over 100 years. It all began in the late 1800's when "Mr. H.R. Clark of Aberdeen, along with J.G. Tomlinson, A.W.E. Capel, and J.R. Page (prominent Montgomery County citizens), formed the Candor Fruit Company. An organization that was the first of its kind and would support peach growing on a commercial scale. In 1902, Mr. Clark purchased acreage below Candor and set out 30,000 young peach trees to start the first commercial peach orchard. From that point on, the peach industry thrived in the Candor and Sandhills region of North Carolina." - From the book "Pattern of Timeless Moments" A History of Montgomery County, by Mable S. Lassiter.

Join us for the 21st annual N.C. Peach Festival proudly held every year on the 3rd Saturday in July, downtown Candor, NC. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. with a wonderful showing of local floats, firetrucks, and other fun parade entrants. Afterwards, stroll down to Fitzgerald Park where the rest of the festivities are located. Bring your lawn chairs, sit back, relax, and enjoy the best live entertainment around. There are always lots of fresh, sweet, local peaches, arts & crafts, and of course, the best homemade peach ice cream in the Great State of North Carolina!

Grown-ups and kids alike, can enjoy an abundance of vendors and activities including: Bounce Houses, Petting Zoo, Camel Rides, Gyro Ride, Mechanical Bull, Gaming Trailer, Bungee Trampoline, Pony Rides, Helicopter Rides, Rock Wall, Putt-Putt, and so much more!!!

This year, the N.C. Peach Festival will feature an awesome line-up of live entertainment including: Jim Quick & Coastline, The Sand Band, Rockin' Acoustix, and the McKenzie Brothers. We look forward to seeing you on SATURDAY, JULY 15TH, 2017 FROM 10:00AM - 4:00PM!

We are excited to be planning our 7th Annual Peachy Feet 5K, which always takes place on the Friday evening before the N.C. Peach Festival. Join us this year in Fitzgerald Park on Friday, July 14, 2017. Our course is certified, mostly flat, and presents a significant challenge for any level runner or walker. The Race Director is Ms. Tammy Owens, and you may contact her at or call (910)975-1397.

-N.C. Peach Festival Committee




The Offices of United States Senator Richard Burr and United States Senator Thom Tillis, the North Carolina Military Business Center, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and the University of North Carolina are pleased to host the Medical, Biomedical & Biodefense: Support to the Warfighter Symposium on June 14 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

WHEN.  June 14, 2017


WHERE.  University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

The Friday Conference Center

100 Friday Center Drive

Chapel Hill, North Carolina  27599


Website: For more information or to register, visit:


Keynote speakers:

  • Vice Admiral Raquel C Bon, Director, Defense Health Agency (pending)

  • Major General Barbara R. Holcomb, Commanding General, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Derrick, Maryland; Chief, US Army Nurse Corps

  • Human Performance and Readiness: North Carolina Research Campus:

    • Dr. David Nieman DRPH, FACSM, Director, Appalachian State University Human Performance Lab

    • Dr. Steven Zeisel MD, PHD, Diretor Nutrition Research Institute, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute

Sessions include:

  • Special Operations Forces: Requirements and Acquisition Processes for Medical Products, Services and Research & Development

  • Department of Veterans Affairs and North Carolina Veterans Affairs Facilities: Requirements and Acquisition Processes for Medical Materiel Services

  • Importance of Research and Development Partnerships for Innovation

  • Military and Federal Agency Medical Acquisition: Successes, Challenges and Future Opportunities

  • Department of Defense: Requirements and Acquisition Processes for Medical Materiel and Services

  • Converging Technologies in Military Medicine

In conjunction with MBB, the Cape Fear Research Consortium quarterly meeting:

  • The Cape Fear Research Consortium is a collaboration of academic, healthcare and military institutions in the Cape Fear region. It includes Campbell University, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville VA Medical Center, Methodist University, North Carolina Military Business Center, Southern Regional Area Health Education Center, Womack Army Medical Center and associated Fort Bragg organizations. The mission of this consortium is to promote scientific, academic, medical and economic growth in the Cape Fear region by leveraging the region's outstanding educational infrastructure with its robust healthcare and military presence.






NC Spotlight:

Eddie Wilcox

Eddie Wilcox (December 27, 1907 - September 29, 1968) was an American jazz pianist and arranger.

Born in Method, North Carolina, Wilcox studied at Fisk University, where he met Jimmie Lunceford. He played with Lunceford in college bands and then professionally in the mid-1920s. In 1929 he became the main arranger for Lunceford's ensemble, and remained so until Lunceford's death in 1947.[1] He was named co-leader with Joe Thomas after Lunceford died, and became sole leader in January 1949, where he remained until the group disbanded early in the 1950s. His 1952 cover version recording of "Wheel of Fortune" became a hit in the U.S., peaking at #14.[2] Following this Wilcox played solo at the Cafe Riviera in New York City for nearly a decade.[1]

He along with Jazz tenor saxophonest Teddy McRae founded the Raecox record label in the 1950s, issuing R&B music.[1] He also worked as an executive for Riviera Records and Derby Records. Shortly before his death he worked with Russell Moore.

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Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.



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