Veterans Day Commemoration on November 11
The Town of Davidson invites all citizens to Davidson Town Hall on Saturday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. to commemorate Veterans Day. The program features keynote speaker Retired Navy Captain Robert Cameron, Davidson College’s a cappella group, the Delilahs, the Hough High School Wind Ensemble and Junior ROTC, and the participation of many community members.
Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day, which marked the end of World War I in 1918. The armistice that ceased the fighting was signed on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11:00 a.m. The tradition of having a ceremony on that date and at that time has endured. Armistice Day eventually evolved into Veterans Day, which honors veterans of all wars. The ceremony will be on the front steps of town hall. Chairs will be provided for attendees. Please join us. The guest speaker will be Captain (retired) Robert B. Cameron.
Captain Robert B. Cameron (retired), United States Navy, is better known around Davidson as Bob. He was raised in High Point, North Carolina, and after graduation from Davidson College, he served on active duty in the Navy from 1967 to 1994. His first assignment after flight school was as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Subsequent assignments included flying off destroyers in the Pacific, “Air Boss” on the USS Iwo Jima (a Marine helicopter aircraft carrier) in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, several tours as instructor pilot, service in the Pentagon, the Naval Air Systems Command, and the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, two tours as commanding officer, and several as program manager. After retiring from the Navy, he enjoyed a second career with FedEx, hiring and managing airlines overseas where FedEx did not use its own assets. After traveling to more places with FedEx in a dozen years than with the Navy in almost 30, he retired again, moving from Memphis to Davidson in 2010 with his wife, Deb. Avid hikers and campers, Deb and Bob particularly enjoy our town’s greenways and the mountains beyond, as well as various volunteer opportunities.
In honor of Veterans Day, please gather on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m. at Mimosa Cemetery on South Street to place flags on veterans’ graves. Volunteers from Hough High School’s Junior ROTC and others will visit all town cemeteries. All are welcome to participate.
For questions, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 704-892-3349 or email Leslie Willis at [email protected].