This is an image of our Challenge Coin and another picture of some of our local dignitaries who received a coin for their role in helping us achieve our goal of creating the Watauga County Veterans Memorial. Challenge Coins may be purchased for $10.
The photo shows: HCCMOAA Member George Brudzinski, Town Clerk Nicole Harmon, HCCMOAA Member Ben Covington, Boone Town Manager John Ward, Boone Mayor Rennie Brantz, and HCCMOAA Member Fred Schmitt.
Over the previous 15 years, the High Country Chapter has helped coordinate activities among the various veterans-oriented groups for Memorial Day and Veterans Day. At each event we typically have 400-500 attendees in the Boone Mall. In an effort to give our attendees more time to gain comfort and confidence as we emerged from restrictions previously associated with Covid, we decided to hold one more small ceremony for this year's Memorial Day Ceremony. Although we had a smaller ceremony, we were still able to have a moving experience in honor of Memorial Day. Please check out last year's video of the Memorial Day Ceremony. And, for Veterans Day, we also held it at the Veterans' Memorial. Both ceremonies were done along with the Watauga Community Band. The Memorial Day event was recorded by Steve Franks, with the Watauga Community Band. He was able to interleave associated video and audio clips to create a very moving video. Last year's Veterans Day event was recorded by ASU TV including pre-recorded music from the Watauga Community Band. Please take a look at the video here: Veterans Day Ceremony. For Veterans Day, in November 2021, we are planning to hold our first major ceremony since Covid at the Boone Mall. Please consider joining us for this ceremony.