ORANGE COUNTY, NC (November 1, 2016)—The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the Orange County Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2016. The event will be held at 11 a.m. at the Southern Human Services campus,  2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. The day marks the 98th anniversary of Armistice Day, when the Allies and Germany ended World War I.

The Veterans Memorial will pay tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Military. It will be funded by private donations with support and land donation from Orange County and additional support from the Town of Chapel Hill.

A volunteer task force is leading the effort to build the memorial.

“The vision and concept is to honor the memory of U.S. Military Veterans from all military branches and provide a place for people to reflect and thank those who have served, are serving or will serve,” said Jim Merritt, former Town of Chapel Hill Councilman and member of the Veterans Committee.

Orange County Commissioners Barry Jacobs and Renee Price, who are members of the steering committee, will make remarks during the ceremony.

“This park is to remind us to remember all who served in whatever place, in whatever capacity — the men and women of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and the Coast Guard,” said Commissioner Renee Price.

Doug Guthe will be the guest speaker. Guthe completed a career with the U.S. Navy before joining the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. While in the Navy, Guthe commanded the USS Asheville (SSN-758), a nuclear submarine. He commanded the Navy ROTC units at UNC, North Carolina State University and Duke University for three years.

A reception will follow in the Southern Human Services Center.

An official groundbreaking ceremony is planned for Memorial Day 2017.

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