Mission: Support Our Troops and Honor Our Veterans
The Sandhills Veterans Festival is organized by separate groups of like-minded individuals, all working for the same goal - to support our troops and honor our veterans. The 2013 inaugural weekend was an very successful event. It grew into the annual Sandhills Veterans Festival.
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In 2016, we honored 40 WWII veterans, 10 Korean War veterans, 40+ Vietnam veterans, and about 100 other veterans of various eras. We are saddened to lose too many WWII veterans each year. In 2017, we honored 29 WWII veterans in the parade, including Pearl Harbor survivors, men that fought at the Battle of the Bulge, prisoners of war, and in fact quite a few love stories that have stood the test of time.
We look forward to again honoring veterans of all eras in 2019.
Prior to the 2013 Veterans Parade, since the signing of the Armistice in 1918, there have only been a handful of Armistice or Veterans Day celebrations in Southern Pines. The very first parade took place in the streets of downtown Southern Pines 1921, and the last parade took place in 1941 when 1,200 members of the 209th Coast Artillery along with their band, marched through downtown, after which they were given two hours of leave, which they spent visiting with locals and shopping.
The Southern Pines Veterans Parade in the Sandhills is an official 501(c)(3) organization. While we are a non-profit, we have sustained annual average costs exceeding $10,000 with 20% annual increases for planning, organizing, and executing the Sandhills' patriotic Veterans Parade. All sponsored and donated funds, and in-kind donations are used specifically to bring this tremendous event to fruition.
The Southern Pines Veterans Parade is a very planning-, labor-, and financially-intensive undertaking, and we express our unconditional appreciation to the Town of Southern Pines, our selfless active duty troops and veterans, our military families, our generous sponsors, and dedicated volunteers - for without this winning combination, there would certainly not be a Southern Pines Veterans Parade or a Sandhills Veterans Festival.
We need many volunteers to make the magic happen. The parade is the most labor/volunteer-intensive event this year. Please join us by volunteering to help.