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Originally published: 2012-11-12 08:26:35
Last modified: 2012-11-12 08:26:35

Veterans Day events in the High Country

by Anna Oakes

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I.

Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars.

The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation. Below is a listing of events taking place in Watauga County.


Friday, Nov. 9


Cove Creek School Ceremony

On Friday, Nov. 9, at 9 a.m., Cove Creek School preschool to second grade students will honor local veterans from our community in a ceremony in the school cafeteria. Robert Shipley, age 100, is expected to be in attendance.


Monday, Nov. 12


Veterans Day Ceremony

Appalachian State University student and Army veteran Eric Loew will be the speaker during a Veterans Day ceremony held on campus Monday, Nov. 12. The program begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial adjacent to the Dougherty Administration Building. A reception and continental breakfast will follow in the administration building lobby. The public is invited to attend.


Veterans Day Program

A Veterans Day program takes place at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium Monday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m.


Military Appreciation Day

Golden Corral in Boone will participate in Military Appreciation Day on Monday, Nov. 12, providing a free meal to veterans and active duty military. At 5 p.m., the Disabled American Veterans chapter of Boone will present an appreciation award.


Veterans Day Celebration

The High Country chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and Boone Mall present a Veterans Day Celebration on Monday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. at the mall. The program features the Watauga Community Band, the American Legion Post 130 Color Guard and guest speaker Robert Shipley. For more information, call (828) 265-4438 or email (


Tuesday, Nov. 13


Hiring Heroes Job Fair

The National Guard Armory in Boone will host a career showcase and job fair Tuesday, Nov. 13. Veterans will be admitted at 9 a.m., one hour earlier than the general public. For more information, contact Watauga JobLink at (828) 265-5385.


Veterans Video Interview Collection Dedication

The Watauga County Public Library will hold a ceremony dedicating the library’s Veterans Video Interview Collection on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. For more information, call (828) 264-8784.