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The 82d Airborne, Leading the Way!
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The Southern Pines Veterans Parade is a highly anticipated annual event that embodies the spirit of patriotism, gratitude, and community support. As the largest and most patriotic parade in the NC Sandhills region, it serves as a heartfelt tribute to our brave veterans and active military personnel. This extraordinary parade brings together veterans, military organizations, community members, and supporters from near and far to honor and celebrate the selfless service and sacrifices of our nation's heroes. With each passing year, the parade grows in significance, marking a powerful milestone in our commitment to support and uplift our veterans.

During this remarkable event, spectators line the historic streets of Southern Pines, eagerly awaiting the procession of marching bands, color guards, military vehicles, and veterans from different eras. The air is filled with a sense of unity and gratitude as the community comes together to show unwavering support for those who have defended our freedom.

The Southern Pines Veterans Parade is more than just a spectacle; it is a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women. It is an opportunity for our community to express deep appreciation and to stand in solidarity with those who have bravely served our country.

Join us in this remarkable celebration as we honor our veterans, recognize their contributions, and strengthen the bond that unites us all. Together, let us create an unforgettable experience that pays tribute to our heroes and reminds us of the enduring importance of patriotism and community support.

The last recorded Armistice Day Parade captured in Southern Pines before the resurrection of the event in 2012.

Downtown Southern Pines, NC. circa 1922

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Although World War I officially ended with the Treaty of Versailles, fighting ceased seven months earlier after an armistice between the allied nations and Germany commenced on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. In an address to the nation on that day, he said, “To us, in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.”

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