Veterans throughout the Triad were reminded how much they are appreciated thanks to the efforts of various organizations and members of the community.
The Winston-Salem Urban League held a symposium which allowed veterans and support organizations to discuss mental health well-being and reintegrating into civilian life after service.
Guests were welcomed with music and a lunch followed by presentations and discussion by mental health professionals and veterans’ services organizations.
Veterans helped veterans at the Winston-Salem Barber School where customers with proof of service would receive a free haircut at any of the schools’ two locations.
This is the first year the Barber School offered free haircuts to veterans after the idea was pitched by lead instructor, Latonya Moore, who is a veteran herself.
“We have a lot of veterans that come in to receive services from our students and they come in on a daily basis,” Moore said. “So, what better day to tell them ‘Come on in, the service is on us today’,” she added.
Moore, who has taught at the Barber School for eight years, served in the US Navy. She is an alumna of the school, too.
Byron Boyce, one of her students, says he glad to be part of a group that is doing something to let veterans “know someone cares.”
“If the only thing I can do for them today is a haircut, I’m gonna do that haircut and make sure that they feel as good as possible leaving out my chair,” Boyce said. “Having somebody to reach out and say ‘Hey, we’re gonna do this for you today,” it means a lot to us,” he adds.
In Greensboro, UNCG and the UNCG Veterans Resource Center took celebration to a campus-wide level with various pop-up events, activities and a ceremony.
The Elliot Center lawn was covered in US flags representing each of the over 1,200 military affiliated students currently attending the university.
Those who walked into the building would find a large US flag hanging from the ceiling to welcome them, and just a few steps in, students could write and decorate a card for an active service member at the Veterans’ Day Card Drive.
The main event was the formal program where the Navy, Army and Air Force were represented. A joint services swearing-in ceremony for Air Force ROTC students. Retired Air Force Colonel Barbara Kucharcyzk served as keynote speaker.
Here's a full list of events and deals happening in the Triad this Veterans’ Day weekend.