By Clint Parker
Weaverville – More than 100 people attended the Town of Weaverville’s Veterans Day Ceremony inside the town hall Monday (November 11). A first this year as bad weather had hampered the event held outdoors in years past, and the town was not taking any chances this year.
Honoring veterans and their service to the country is something celebrated all over the area, including a dinner by Newbridge Baptist Church (see story page 5), a Big Ivy Community Center’s dinner (see next week’s paper) and a Leicester Community Center program and dinner.
In Weaverville’s ceremony a musical prelude by a singing ensemble from the Land of the Sky started the service off, followed by the presentation of colors by North Buncombe High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) and the National Anthem being sung by those in attendance and led by the Land of the Sky group.
Next, attendees were welcomed by Weaverville Vice Mayor Doug Jackson, followed by the “Old Glory” Flag Ceremony, also conducted by North Buncombe High’s NJROTC with a couple of patriotic songs.
The main speaker of the event was former US Army Captain Joe Root, who is Weaverville Mayor Al Root’s brother. His presentation was followed by the playing of Taps by the Weaverville Fire Department and the retiring of the colors.
Weaverville First Presbyterian Church Pastor Skip Gillikin gave the invocation early in the event and closed the ceremony with the benediction.