Memorial Day Remembrance
Monday, May 28, 2018 | 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Join us for a ceremony in remembrance of those who have served our country. The ceremony will feature speakers from the Town of Cary and local armed forces community support groups.
Free parking (regular and handicap accessible) will be available at Cary Academy (1500 N. Harrison Ave.), which is located across the street from the Veterans Freedom Park. There will be a handicap accessible shuttle running from Cary Academy's parking lot to the event at Veterans Freedom Park. There will also be a police provided crosswalk available to those who wish to walk from the parking lot instead of taking the shuttle.
Speakers and Entertainment
Paul Berry: Paul retired in 2016 from the United States Marine Corps as a Sergeant Major after 30 years of service. He has vast experience working with organizations that support our active duty, guard, reserve and veterans. Paul has many overseas deployments, including Somalia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He also served three years as the senior enlisted adviser to all of the Marine Corps Recruiters in North Carolina. This is where Paul gained a greater understanding of the people of North Carolina and their commitment to the military and their families. His primary mission while in uniform was to take care of our military and their family members while deployed and when they return. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Paul and his wife moved to Raleigh to be closer to family. It was of paramount importance for him to continue taking care of our service members. Paul officially joined the USO of North Carolina team as the NCServes Network Director and Programs Manager in October 2017.
Tom Baker: James Thomas Baker IV was born and raised in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He served in the United States Navy from 2003 to 2013. Shortly after graduating from Wakefield High School in 2003, he shipped out for Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois where he completed Navy basic training. His follow-on training included AT ‘A’ School at Naval Air Station Pensacola Florida, as well as Tactical Air Navigation troubleshooter’s course at Naval Air Station in Lemoore, California. Tom’s duty stations include Virginia Beach, Ventura, California, and Whidbey Island, Washington. Tom completed six deployments, including a tour in Iraq from 2009 to 2010. After leaving the service, he worked as a private military contractor and completed two assignments in Afghanistan and one more assignment in Iraq. His final overseas assignment was to Anbar Province, Iraq in the summer of 2015. In January 2017 Tom and his girlfriend Jamie moved to Cary from San Diego, California. He currently serves as the Post Service Officer for Cary Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7383 and was recently elected to serve as the next Junior Vice Commander for the post.
Frank Stancil: Frank Stancil is a Navy veteran who served on the USS Fiske DDR 842 for most of his four years. Frank has been a member of the American Legion Cary Post 67 since 1984. On the post level Frank has served as Post Commander, Post Adjutant and other areas of the Post. On State level he served as District and Division Commander. On the National level, he served on several committees and commissions. Frank served as National Commander’s Aide for Past National Commander Ray Smith, 2000-2001 and in 2002 he was elected the Alternate National Executive Committeeman and served 2002-2003. Frank was selected Veteran of the Year for Wake County in 1991-92 and was selected as the American Legion State of North Carolina’s Legionnaire of the Year in 1992-93. Frank was presented The Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor Robert W. Scott in 1972. He has served on the NC National Convention Committee as Vice President and Treasurer for approximately twelve years.
The Cary Town Band will be performing patriotic music throughout the event.
Carolina Veterans Support Group will be providing a Field of Flags. Those that would like to sponsor a flag can do so here.
The Town will again offer toy soldiers that citizens can write a soldier's name on and place in the memorial as a way to honor all of those who have served in the armed forces. These soldiers will be saved and placed in the monument every Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Veterans Day Observance
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Join us for a ceremony in observance of those who have served our country. The ceremony will feature speakers from the Town of Cary and local armed forces community support groups.
A list of speakers and community support groups will be available closer to the event date.
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