"We must never forget why we have, and why we need our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have ‘guardians at the gate." -Allen West
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History was made in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Charlotte Museum of History on August 3rd, 2017!
With local and state media present, an extravagant group of post military, active military, military parents, local and state government representation and civilians witness the unveiling of the proposed North Carolina Military Veterans' Hall of Fame project ribbon cutting.
The ceremony included a memorial and moment of silence for POW's and MIA troops, as well as a tribute to the 33 North Carolina born Medal of Honor Recipients who will be inducted into the permanent structures hallowed grounds.
The Honorable Mayor of Charlotte, Mayor Jennifer Roberts, read aloud and presented a Proclamation from the city declaring August 3rd as:
"North Carolina Military Veterans' Hall of Fame Day".
The ceremony concluded with an emotional ribbon cutting and unveiling of the corporations banner which includes the official NCMVHOF logo and the logos of the individual branches of the military.
On March 29th, 2018 at the BB&T Baseball Park a POW/MIA chair was dedicated for the brave souls who are a Prisoner of War or has been Missing in Action while serving this great country.
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The Walk of Fame: Operation Bootstrap served as our initial fundraiser for the design and development of The North Carolina Military Veterans Hall of Fame.
In addition, we honored all of our veterans and service members of North Carolina by increasing awareness to the sacrifices made by many of our fellow Carolinians, as they served our great state and nation.
The Walk of Fame began on October 10th at 8:00am at the Iron Mike statue located at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum located in Fayetteville, NC. It covered a 146-mile route with a start point of Fayetteville, NC and with an end point of 12:00 noon at Central Piedmont Community College's Overcash building located in uptown Charlotte at 1206 Elizabeth Avenue. We were welcomed home by our own Carolina Panthers TopCats, The Charlotte Knights mascot, Homer and key city, state and local political members! An amazing meal of Mellow Mushroom Pizza and Coca Cola sposored products fed our crowd!
The entire 146-mile walk was conducted over a five (5) day period with an average daily distance of 29 miles.
Operation Bootstrap was open to individuals or groups put together by individual participants. Participating members were not required to complete the entire 146-mile walk, but chose to start, join in along the route or finish with the group for any distance they deemed fit.
This was a fundraising event, so we asked individuals and groups to courteously solicit sponsorship to support their participation in the walk.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! HOOAH!
The Inaugural Induction Ceremony was held May 19th, 2018 at the Crown Plaza Executive Park in Charlotte. 22 Military Veterans were Inducted into the Hall of Fame. Over 400 guest attended this great event. Howard Monroe and Ann Wyatt Little of Fox 46 Good Day served as Master & Mistress of the Ceremony for this historical event. Erinn Dearth from Letters from Home performed the National Anthem and provided stellar entertainment for the evening. Liberty National Insurance and American Red Cross were great contributing sponsors. Hawthorne Academy & J.M. Robinson JROTC Cadets served as Color Guard and performed the Sabers of Honor and POW/MIA ceremony.
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The 2nd Annual Induction Ceremony was held April 27th,2019 at the Embassy Suites in Concord. 29 Military Veterans were Inducted into the Hall of Fame. Over 520 guest attended this great event. Howard Monroe and Ann Wyatt Little of Fox 46 Good Day served as Master & Mistress of the Ceremony for this historical event. Erinn Dearth from Letters from Home performed the National Anthem and provided stellar entertainment for the evening. Liberty National Insurance and American Red Cross were great contributing sponsors. West Mecklenburg High and Northwest Caburrus JROTC Cadets served as Color Guard and performed the Sabers of Honor and POW/MIA ceremony.
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The January 2018 Walk of Fame: Operation Midday, was the second of three infrastructural fundraisers for the North Carolina Military Veterans Hall of Fame.
This mission kicked-off in the city of Raleigh, NC. in 16 degree weather, but undeterred our veteran team persevered. The landing zone for this event was the Cone University Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Cone University Center
901 University Rd
Charlotte, NC 28223
The equivalent of 179 miles was be accomplished with this effort, which made this event a 6-day trek.
Every step counted toward this historical undertaking!
Individuals and companies came out to encourage and create good vibes that showcased their patriotic spirit!
Corporate Sponsors such as Holiday Inn Express made this a wonderful event for our veterans as they spread awareness about the short and long term missions of the organization!
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