Veterans Tribute NC


Thanks for joining us in 2023 for an outstanding Tribute weekend to our military community! We are so thankful for the support and the amount of people who came to experience the band and light show. We can't wait to see what next year brings. Updates for November 1st, 2024 coming soon. 

Red White Salute Band

Get ready for a weekend of fun celebrating and honoring our veterans! Veterans Tribute NC returns with a full list of activities, including the annual Veterans Day Parade, a family fun event at the Jacksonville Commons, tours of the Lejeune Memorial Gardens, and the Veterans Walk of Honor. Make plans now to join us in Jacksonville, NC. 

Explore more of VisitJacksonvilleNC for information on hotels, things to do and see, and places to eat while you enjoy your visit to our City! 

From November 3 - November 11 enjoy the following ongoing events: 

Veterans Walk of Honor 

Located at 109 Montford Landing Road you'll have a chance to experience the Veterans Walk of Honor. Submissions for Veterans are accepted throughout the year and are featured in signs that will be displayed throughout the Gardens. Submit your hero here

Lejeune Memorial Gardens Self-Guided Tours

Take a self-guided tour through the many national memorials featured at the Lejeune Memorial Gardens! Use your phone to scan the QR codes at each site to learn about our military heritage: including the largest 3-D Eagle, Globe, and Anchor Statue, the Montford Point Marine Memorial, and the 2nd largest Vietnam Veteran Memorial in the United States which lists all the names of the fallen in alphabetical order.  You can learn more about our featured memorials at the below links: 

Montford Point Marine Memorial

Beirut Memorial

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

International Food Trial

Choose to dine at one of our International Food Trail restaurants. Share a photo from your experience on Instagram or Facebook using the #InternationalFoodTrailJNC hashtag and tag @VisitJacksonvilleNC. 

Visit of our International Food Trail and plan your meals:

Friday, November 3 

Freedom Fountain Observance

Join the Onslow Civic Affairs Committee at 9:30 AM located at 895 New Bridge Street. This observance is held each year to dedicate the fountain to those who have served and invites representatives from each municipality to add a few drops of water to the fountain pool.  

The Freedom Fountain pictured against a golden sunset.

Red, White, and Salute

Starting at 5 PM enjoy an afternoon of fun, food, music, and more at the Jacksonville Commons! This event is free to all and a dedication to those who have devoted their lives to ensure our freedom. 

  • Indulge in Jacksonville's delicious Food Trucks
    • The Meat Shack, Double Dog Dare Ya!, Funnels of Love, Kona Ice of Coastal Carolina, Kaiyo Hibachi, Liam's Lemonade, Rolling Lumpia, Roth BBQ, and Twisted Delites. 
  • Let loose with family fun activities for all ages, such as Cornhole, Throwing Axes, Giant Jenga, Connect 4, and more!
  • Enjoy time in our first Beer Garden hosted by the Salty Turtle Brewery and treat your tastebuds to local brews, seltzers, and ciders. You won't want to miss this opportunity! 
  • See the representation of support for our country through the Color Guard and be a part of the formal ceremony showing the values and traditions of our military heritage.
  • Experience the Native American culture with a performance by the Onslow Veterans Pow Wow. 
  • Listen to American Country/Folk music at its finest with the first tribute of its kind. Jacksonville is excited to welcome 20 RIDE, America's #1 Zac Brown Tribute Band. 
  • Finish the night with a breathtaking Laser Light Show that you won't forget. ** Bring your own chair or blanket and make sure you get a good spot early!** 

Laser Light Show, 2020, Jacksonville NC

Saturday, November 4

Veterans Day Parade 

Come out and show your support for our Nation's troops and veterans. Hosted by the NCOA Downeast Chapter 906, the parade will start at 10 AM in front of Coastal Carolina Community College and continue down Western Blvd. to Liberty Drive. 


Saturday and Sunday, November 4-5 

Onslow Veterans Pow Wow

The Onslow Veterans Pow-Wow is a unique national event; it's the only pow-wow in the country that invites the public, honors veterans and includes multiple tribes. A pow-wow is a social gathering where Native Americans meet, sing, dance, socialize, and honor their culture.  It is also a stand-out event that brings together tribes from across the United States to dance, compete, and share the story and power of Native cultures. Many pow-wows are closed to the public or bring together members of one tribe. 

This two-day event is open to the public and will attract tribal dancers and participants from as far away as Arizona. Come celebrate this unique, important cultural gathering in Jacksonville, NC. Guests will enjoy food from Native vendors, and Native dance, music, and drumming events. If you are new to pow-wows, try to attend the Grand Entry events—the intertribal pageantry and moving ceremony will leave you breathless and stir new respect for Native culture. Don't forget to take a tipi tour for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and view the GoldStars Tribute Wall this year only. 

Learn more about this event on their website.  

Saturday, November 11

DAV Veterans Day Observance 

Located at 300 Sherwood Road, join the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization at 11 AM on Veteran's Day to show appreciation and admiration for veterans around the world.

November 10 - November 12 

Military Basketball Association Tournament

Sponsored by the National Montford Point Marine Association and hosted by the Eastern North Carolina Marine Basketball Men's Varsity Basketball program this tournament promotes the military athlete through the classic game of basketball. Join us at the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Complex, you won't want to miss this competition. All benefits will go to an Onslow/Jacksonville Charity.  

Operation Green Light 

Operation Green Light allows the community to show support for veterans by shining a green light from their home or business. This lets veterans know they are seen, appreciated and supported. The City will be providing free bulbs at events leading up to the week of November 6-12 and they will also be available for pickup at City Hall. For any questions email

"The Veteran's Battlefield" documentary

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Thank you to our sponsors! 

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