CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - On Saturday May 19, the North Carolina Military Veterans Hall of Fame will induct their first class of veterans. Fox 46 Charlotte’s Howard Monroe and Ann Wyatt Little are hosting the event. The group has been working since 2016 to raise money and find local veterans.
“If we don’t tell these stories now, we’re going to lose the basis of what this country was founded upon,” said Curtis Drafton of the NCMVHOF.
Twenty two veterans who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are set to be inducted.
“I would like to think that this is something that the government is all over and as soon as they get word that someone has the initial stages done they’ll come in and top off the cake. But unfortunately that wasn’t the case,” said Drafton.
NCMVHOF walked from Raleigh to Charlotte twice to raise money and awareness for the hall of fame. Right now the hall of fame is online, but the hope is to build a brick and mortar museum.
They say it’s about preserving legacies and educating the future.
“That’s our vision to educate the communities and children so they know what a veteran is what military service is so they know why vets are to be appreciated,” said Drafton.
The ceremony is next Saturday and entire weekend is being planned. It includes a golf outing and a community picnic. Tickets are still available https://www.ncmvhof.org/