Events set to honor Veterans Day

The Color Guards from US Coast Guard Sector Field Office Fort Macon, foreground, and Chapter 639 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, stand at attention last year during a Day of Remembrance ceremony, followed by a Veterans Day ceremony in Bayview Cemetery in Morehead City. This year’s ceremonies will be held Wednesday. (Cheryl Burke photo)

MOREHEAD CITY —From a virtual parade to outdoor ceremonies, events will take place in the county to celebrate Veterans Day, with COVID-19 precautions in mind.

The 2020 Carteret County Veterans Day Parade is being held virtually. The parade started being shown Saturday and will continue through Wednesday, which is Veterans Day.

 “This year’s parade will look a little different. On behalf of the Veterans Coalition of the Crystal Coast and the over 8,000 veterans of Carteret County, the public is invited to participate in the 2020 Carteret County Virtual Veterans Day Parade,” American Legion Post 46 Commander John Sotirkys said in a press release.

The parade consists of comments by Grand Marshals and other VIPs, followed by a presentation of images submitted by all registered participants.

Those interested in viewing the parade should go to

In addition, The Morehead City Historical Preservation Society will sponsor two ceremonies Wednesday at Bayview Cemetery in Morehead City to honor not only American veterans, but also three British sailors who were killed during World War II defending the county’s coast.

The first ceremony, a Day of Remembrance Service, will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the graves of the three British sailors. The sailors are buried in the cemetery on the west side of 20th Street.

At the closing of that ceremony, those attending will walk across 20th Street to the Veterans Memorial, on the east side, to honor American veterans.

Morehead City Historical Preservation vice chairman Bob Guthrie said the organization wants to honor American veterans who are willing to die for their country as well as the British sailors who gave their lives defending America and Carteret County.

Those attending are asked to wear masks. Other safety precautions will be taken as well.

“Instead of singing songs, we will do responsive readings and we will spread out so we’re not too close together,” he said.

The British sailors who will be honored during the Day of Remembrance service died when their vessel, the San Delfino, an oil tanker, was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat offshore on April 9, 1942, according to dates on the sailors’ graves and preservation chairman Rodney Kemp.

The names of the soldiers are: John L. Fisher, sailor Royal Navy, age 25; Maldwyn Jones, gunner, Royal Artillery, age 22; and unknown sailor, Royal Navy (speculated to be R. Wyatt).

Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day, which marks the anniversary of the end of World War I, which formerly ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. It then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954.


Contact Cheryl Burke at 252-726-7081, ext. 255; email; or follow on Twitter @cherylccnt.


(5) comments


It is sad that the country has spat on the memories of so many veterans by electing a anti-American trio to the White House. Too many served and died to keep socialism and communism out of our midst, yet many Americans are throwing away freedom with both hands. Disgusting.


Even the Coast Guard is being politically correct; using WWII era Garands with the color guards. Why not the current service rifle?

David Collins

This subject has come up before . The old Garlands look sleeker and are easier to handle . Not a lot of stuff sticking out , in the way and give a more traditional look to things . They paid someone big bucks to make that determination . Didn’t they ?

morehood city res

its also sad that the soon to be former president would call the fallen American service members what he did. despicable. I will be at the ceremony in bayview just like i have been for the past 5 yrs


It is right and proper the county observes vets day. Thank you.

American veterans day is remembrance day.. the end of ww1. 18 million dead, trenches, poison gas, tanks.. unrelenting unbelievable horror.. on the 11th hr of the 11th day of the 11th month the guns fell silent. War is cleaner now, 20 years in current wars the death toll is Less then 1 day of ww1. Imagine that for a moment.

Memorial day is for the dead, vets day is for ppl who gambled their life in service and dident lose.. Give them a thought before or after the bbq.

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