The General William C. Lee Celebration is honoring 30 years of success with a kickoff Sunday, June 5.
Sharon Stevens, director of tourism for the Dunn Area Tourism Authority, is looking forward to veterans and local residents attending the week-long celebration. The purpose is to pay tribute to Lee, who was considered to be the “Father of the U.S. Army Airborne.”
“He was actually the general who taught the Army about jumping out of airplanes,” Stevens said.
She added that another purpose is to celebrate the work of veterans and the sacrifices of family members.
“We are allowed to get up and go to work every day without someone being out there trying to take it all away from us,” Stevens said. “That what we owe them. We owe them our freedom and we owe them a thanks of gratitude for everything that they ever done and continue to do.”
Currently, event officials are putting out 400 flags for the celebration and decorating, a tribute for those who served. The first scheduled event is a community worship service on the General William C. Lee Museum lawn, scheduled for 6 p.m. June 5. Some of the other events to follow include a wreath-laying ceremony, golf tournament and pig cook-off competition. Many events are scheduled for June 11. It begins with a veteran breakfast followed by a car show, veteran walk and “Evening In The Park,” featuring the Band of Oz and The Charlie Daniels Band.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
June 5 — Community Worship Service – General William C Lee Museum lawn 6 p.m. Join us on the lawn as the Community Church Choirs come together for an evening of music and inspiration. Please bring your lawn chairs. Located at 209 W. Divine St. (no admittance charge) in case of rain event will be moved to Dunn First Baptist Church.
June 6 — Wreath Laying Ceremony – Gravesite of General Lee – Greenwood Cemetery – 10 a.m. Patriotic Memorial Service paying tribute to Dunn’s Hometown Hero, Gen. Bill Lee.
June 7 — Essay Contest Winners Announced –The local High Schools will compete in an Essay Contest about the life of General William C Lee, the contributions he made to the startup of the Army Airborne and the impact still seen today in the Armed Forces.
June 8 — Field of Honor Flag Dedication Ceremony – A memorial Flag Garden with names of individuals in memory or honor of will be dedicated. View the one-half acre filled with over 300 flags with names attached given by family or friends for those who have fought or are fighting for our freedom. Dedication at 11 a.m. at 209 W. Divine St., Dunn.
June 9 — Gen. Lee Celebration Gospel Sing – Local group Butler, Hughes, and Hayes will open at 7 p.m. for award winning gospel music’s Brian Free & Assurance, who will come on stage at 8 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, Dunn. Doors open at 6p.m. Ron Tart and Sherrie Parker, Chair 6050 Plainview Highway. Dunn Cost: $10 Advance ticket sales $12 at the door – Children 10 & under Free. 910-892-3282 for information.
June 10 — General Lee Evening Tour – 6-8 p.m. – Tour the beautiful home of General William C. Lee and his wife. A three story home full of army memorabilia, some donated by veterans with a lot of the General’s personal furniture and military paraphernalia.
June 10 — One Starry Night – Lawn Party 8 p.m. – Midnight at The Howard House — 402 S. Layton Ave., Dunn. Entertainment by the “John Dupree Band.” Sponsored By The Dunn Woman’s Club. Cost: tickets available for $50 per couple, $30 Individually. Call 910-892-3282 for more information.
June 10 — Pig Cook-off Competition – Friday Night – Tart Park – Jackson Road. Call 910-892-3282 for more information.
June 11 — Veteran’s Reunion Breakfast – A time for fellowship and remembrance for all veterans, held at the American Legion Building in Dunn, Jonesboro Road, Exit 75, off I-95, 8 a.m. Free to all veterans. Sponsored by the American Legion Post No.59.
• Car Show – Harnett County Cruisers – Car Show with Awards – Registration 9am – noon – winners announced 3 p.m. PK Vyas Center Parking Lot – Jackson Road.
• Walk in the Park Parade with a Veteran – 10:30 a.m. Join us at Tyler Park for a time of fellowship with veterans. Decorate your bike or your wagon in a patriotic fashion and stroll through the park in honor of those who serve and have served. Call 910-892-4113 for more information. The park is located at 803 W Harnett St., Dunn.
• Evening In The Park – A night to “Lift Up God and Country” in Dunn’s Tart Park. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with local favorites, the Band of Oz. The Black Daggars Parachute Team will jump in and the highlight of the evening will be the free concert beginning at 8 p.m. by The Charlie Daniels Band. The show will be concluded with a fantastic fireworks display at 10 p.m. This is a great family event. Free to the public. Just bring a lawn chair. No coolers or food brought in. Concessions will be available Parking: Jackson Road or Elm Street.910-892-3282 for more information.
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