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County’s Annual Veterans Day Recognition and Celebration Program Rescheduled to Nov. 19th

Post Date:11/06/2018 2:30 PM



Veterans’ Day Recognition and Celebration Program


Durham County Veterans Services


Monday, November 19, 2018

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Human Services Building

414 E. Main Street

Countywide Conference Room, Second floor


  • Durham County recognizes former military service members during a celebration of patriotism, service and sacrifice each year on or near Veterans Day.
  • The community is invited to join in honoring Veterans and their families at the November 19, 2018, event to be held in the Countywide Meeting Room on the 2nd floor of the Durham County Human Services Building, 414 E. Main Street.
  • The change from the originally scheduled Nov. 9th date is due to Hurricane Florence-related relief efforts inside the Human Services Building.
  • County Manager Wendell Davis is the keynote speaker for Durham County Veterans Day event. Davis has been integral in providing increased support for Veterans Services in Durham County, including in 2002, when he was a part of the re-establishment of the Durham County Veterans Services Department. Upon taking the role as County Manager in 2014, Davis and the Board of County Commissioners have increased the number of staff and level of support that is offered to county Veterans and their families.
  • The Durham County 2018 Veterans Day celebration will include a special tribute honoring the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I.
  • “It is of great importance, as we gather to recognize and celebrate our Veterans across our nation and the nearly 15,000 Veterans of Durham County, those who defended our rights, values and freedoms, that we honor these former Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen – those we call Veterans,” said Durham County Veterans Services Director Lois Harvin-Ravin. “On behalf of a grateful nation, the state of North Carolina and the County of Durham we thank each of these patriots.”
  • The 2018 Veterans Day Holiday is Sunday, November 11th. Most County offices will be closed for the observed Veterans Day holiday on Monday, November 12th.
  • According to the United States Department of Veteran Affairs website, President Donald J. Trump’s administration has made it a priority that “No Veteran Should Be Without a Place to Call Home,” and the VA has committed to ending homelessness among Veterans. There are three areas of focus: coordinated outreach to seek out Veterans in need, connecting homeless and at-risk Veterans with housing solutions, health care, employment services and other required supports; and collaborating with federal, state and local agencies to expand employment and housing options.
  • Veterans from World War II, Korean War, Vietnam and Gulf/OEF/OIF/Afghanistan will be honored, including the Walk of Honor during the County’s annual celebration.
  • Lois Deloatch, a celebrated local jazz singer and recording artist, will sing the National Anthem.
  • The Riverside High School Air Force Jr. ROTC will present and post the colors.
  • The event is free and open to the public. The media is encouraged to attend this event of high honor.
  • For more information, email Durham County Veterans Services Director Lois Harvin-Ravin at or call (919) 560-8387.



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