Jamestown Holds First Veterans Day Ceremony On Sunday

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Jamestown, NC -- It's a day to say thanks. But we're not talking about Thanksgiving, rather Veterans Day.

Veterans Day is a day to honor and thank all of the men and women who have put their lives on the line, lost time with family, and even lost limbs and suffered injuries to serve.

Bruce Dillon, who lives in Jamestown, is not a veteran.

But for years, he's wanted his town to do something to honor them...something to honor his dad.

"He always thought that he did a job that needed to be done and they didn't need any recognition for it. They were all very, very proud," said Dillon.

Dillon remembers his dad, Bill Dillon, and his fellow WWII veterans swapping stories right outside the shop in Jamestown that he now owns.

Their names, all 247 of them, were documented on the Jamestown Honor Roll. But the honor ended there.

As the veterans died over the years, Dillon approached town officials about keeping the legacy of the Greatest Generation, and others who have served, alive.

They formed the Jamestown Veterans Committee and Dillon is the chairman.

On Sunday, for the first time in the town's history, they'll have a Veterans Day ceremony, but they'll also honor the heroes year-round.

A new Veterans Memorial will be the centerpiece in Jamestown's new park.

Folks will get their first look at the plans for the memorial as they come together to honor those who have served on Sunday.

"Veterans Day and Memorial Day are probably our two most important holidays that we have, in that we should be honoring our veterans. Memorial Day for the ones that passed on and Veterans Day for the ones that are still here and serving now," said Dillon. "I have little grandkids now and I want them to know that freedom isn't free."

The Veterans Day ceremony is at 2 p.m. at the Jamestown Town Hall. Organizers are hoping by next year, they can move the ceremony to what will be the new Veterans Memorial.

The memorial is expected to cost between $50,000 and $60,000.

The Jamestown Veterans Committee is responsible for raising the money.

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