MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. — North Carolina is a military friendly state and now it's getting national recognition for the way it honors its past and present service members.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs picked four North Carolina towns as regional sites for the observance of Veterans Day this year—Morehead City is one of them. Eastern North Carolina is home to many military bases like Camp Lejeune and Marine Corp Air Station Cherry Point. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs said there are also nearly 800,000 veterans in North Carolina.
This is why the honor is particularly important for veterans like Hank Gotard, a Veteran Services Officer for Carteret County. Gotard helps to put on the Veterans Day parade in Morehead City every year and is happy to see the city honored as one of the four towns in North Carolina.
“It is reassuring to know that patriotism is not dead in Eastern North Carolina," said Gotard.
Veterans Affairs Officials also picked Charlotte, Fayetteville and Warsaw as places that pull out all the stops to celebrate Veterans Day.