Outer Banks Veterans Week 2023
As we honor and celebrate those who served and sacrificed for our country, Dare County and The Dare County Arts Council have put together an entire week of activities for local Veterans.
On Tuesday, November 14th, The Wall That Heals-a traveling three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., that tours the country—arrives in Dare County. View an overview of Outer Banks Veteran’s Week activities below:
Outer Banks Veterans Week Activities
Outer Banks Veterans Concert- Friday, November 10
The Outer Banks Veterans Concert, featuring country music duo War Hippies, will be held at the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills on Friday, November 10 at 10pm. Tickets are $10 for military/Veterans and $15 for general admission (adults 21+ only), and can be purchased online here and at the door.
Public Greeting Of The Wall That Heals-Tuesday, November 14
The Dare County Veterans Advisory Council encourages all Dare County residents and visitors to show their support to local veterans by greeting The Wall That Heals—a traveling three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., that tours the country—when it arrives in Dare County on Tuesday, November 14. The trailer that transports The Wall That Heals throughout the country will be escorted by numerous Jeeps and approximately 400 motorcycles along U.S. Highway 64 from Columbia, through Manns Harbor and the Town of Manteo, to the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head. Members of the public are encouraged to stand safely along the sides of the road and wave American flags to greet the transport as it arrives on Tuesday, November 14. A tracking link for the trailer will be posted on www.DareNC.gov/Wall at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14 to provide greeters with up-to-date information on the location of The Wall That Heals as it makes its way along the route through Dare County.
View the video on this event here.
The Wall That Heals- November 16-19
The Wall That Heals is a traveling, three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., that tours the country. The Wall That Heals will be on display in Dare County November 16-19 at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head. This free exhibit is hosted by the Dare County Veterans Advisory Council, which worked to bring the official replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and its accompanying mobile education center to Dare County. An opening ceremony to celebrate The Wall That Heals’ stay in Dare County will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 16 at the Soundside Event Site. The ceremony will feature patriotic music, a presentation of colors, a poem reading and remarks from several guest speakers, including Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard, Dare County Veterans Advisory Council Chairman Justin O’Sullivan, General PX Kelley Memorial Fund founder Chris Kelley Cimko, U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Shannon Gilreath and U.S. Army Vietnam veteran Barry “Fuzzy” Holt.
Veterans Writing Workshop- November 18-19
The 11th Annual Outer Banks Veterans Writing Workshop will be held at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese on Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19. Beginner and experienced writers are invited to participate in this two-day workshop that is free for Veterans, active-duty military and their family members. Educator, editor, and Veteran Dario DiBattista will lead this year’s workshop, which is titled Crafting Poetry. For more information about the workshop or to register, please click here or call Dare Arts at 252 473 5558.
The Outer Banks History Center + Manteo Library- The Month Of November
The Outer Banks History Center will feature a small exhibit of historical materials that tells the story of the Vietnam War era’s impact on the Outer Banks. The exhibition will be on display at the Manteo Library during operating hours for the month of November.