A parachutist lands in downtown Southern Pines, near the Welcome Center, during the Veterans Day parade in 2018. |  Ted Fitzgerald/The Pilot

On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Southern Pines Downtown Park will host "Parade to the Park" — a fun-filled community celebration to honor veterans and their families.

The event kicks off at 11 a.m., immediately following the Southern Pines Veterans Day Parade, and continues until 4 p.m. You can find live music from the 82nd Airborne rock band, food trucks, a vintage car show, children’s activities and more.

Parade to the Park is hosted by Heritage Flag Co., Cooper Ford and Cox’s Double Eagle Harley-Davidson. The businesses have also partnered with Vass American Legion 296.

The event is an extension of Heritage Flag Co.’s monthly Second Saturday block parties near the company's retail store on Bennett Street. According to owner Heath Trigg, Second Saturday has raised more than $20,000 for Military Missions in Action. Organizers have worked to keep the cost of hosting Parade to the Park low by borrowing equipment. The Village of Pinehurst agreed to donate the use of their stage for entertainment, which will cut the cost of the event by almost $2,500.

Those who attend Parade to the Park will be able to enjoy beers from local brewers, thanks to an ordinance change brought to fruition by organizers.

In early October, Trigg, along with Rachel Turacamo of Cox’s Double Eagle Harley-Davidson and Aaron Cooper of Cooper Ford, proposed the allowance of alcohol sales and the consumption of alcohol at Downtown Park. The council approved, so those who attend Parade to the Park will be able to enjoy beers from local brewers and wine.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Vass American Legion 296, the USO and the Southern Pines Veterans Day Parade. Learn more about Parade to the Park. 

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