The Outer Banks community has a remarkable tradition of supporting our armed forces and in contributing to them. With Veteran’s Day coming up—November 11, this year—the local community has gone all in in honoring the sacrifice and service of our veterans.

The celebrations are part of a Dare County initiative to highlight how much we have gained as a community from our veterans. 

Some of the highlights for the almost two week long celebration include the Outer Banks Marathon Weekend and the Veteran’s Writing Project

The Veterans’ Writing Project, sponsored by the Dare County Arts Council is one of the events that have been most effective. Bringing together veterans who are professional writers with other veterans to help in putting their thoughts and experiences down on paper, the project has garnered high praise from all the veterans who have participated in it.

There is also a full range of flag raising ceremonies this year at almost every town hall.

As a footnote to history, this year’s Veteran’s Day falls on November 11, the original date of what was once called Armistice Day that commemorated November, 11, 1918. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in that year all the guns of WWI fell silent. Supposedly that was the war to end all wars.

We’re publishing list of activities that we’ve found. There are, however, certainly more that are not on this list.

Celebrating Veterans in Dare County 

NOV. 1 – DEC. 10

Dare County Toys For Tots

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program collects new, unwrapped toys during November and December each year, and distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in Dare and Currituck counties. Join our team and make a difference on Christmas morning.

INFO: Larry CZernik 252-619-0523. For local drop-off locations 


Jerri Bell Book Reading

6:30 p.m.

Dare County Arts Council, Manteo

Jerri Bell will read from the book she co-edited with former Marine Tracy Crow, It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan. The book conveys the experiences and contributions of women in the American military in their own words, from the Revolutionary War to the present wars in the Middle East. Bell is a retired naval officer and the managing editor of O-Dark-Thirty, the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project. 


Outer Banks History Center Veterans Display

Roanoke Island Festival Park


The Outer Banks History Center in Festival Park will display books and artifacts from World War I honoring many local veterans who were “Heroes Among Us” in an earlier time. Of special interest are historic photos that include the German submarine U-117 before her infamous meeting with the British tanker Mirlo. Don’t miss the celebration of these local “Heroes Among Us” during OBX Veterans Week.


The Little Red Mail Box

Glenmere Public Beach Access, Kill Devil Hills

The little red mailbox was created as a place to escape the everyday hustle and bustle to a place by the sea. Please leave a “note of hope” so all the world can see this new happy place, where love and hope can be. During Veterans Week a “Journal for our Heroes” will be placed inside Little Red Mailbox for Veterans Week.


5th Annual Veterans Writing Project

UNC Coastal Studies Institute, Wanchese. 

Beginner and experienced writers will explore this year’s theme of Memoir writing- the art of writing biographical or historical accounts from personal experience. Veterans will be encouraged to continue working on their projects after the seminar and to submit their work for publication in the Veterans Writing Project’s Literary Journal: O-Dark Thirty. All former and current service men and women, and members of their families, are encouraged to attend.

More information at: Dare County Arts Council at (252) 473-5558


Understanding and Using Your VA Benefits to Buy and Sell Real Estate

9 to 10 a.m.y

Dare County Arts Council, Manteo

INFO: Register by email to or phone at 410-353-3927 by November 3 


Cape Hatteras Secondary School 4th Annual Veterans Day Celebration Breakfast and Assembly

Hosted by Cape Hatteras Secondary School, Buxton

Veterans are invited to a breakfast at 8:30 a.m with an assembly following at 9:30 a.m. where veterans will be recognized for their service and sacrifice. The Cape Hatteras Secondary Band will perform and a guest speaker will address the audience. All veterans and active duty graduates are welcome to attend.


Veterans Appreciation Luncheon

The Dare County Center, Monarch Beach Club, and the American Legion Post 26 invite all Dare County Veterans to lunch in your honor.

Space is limited, so RSVP by calling 252-475-9270 by Friday, Oct. 27.


242nd USMC Birthday Luncheon

The Reese Jones Room at The Currituck Club- Corolla, NC 11:30am
581 Hunt Club Drive Corolla, NC 27927

You’re invited to celebrate the 242nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps with your fellow Marines, Corpsmen and friends. Come commemorate 242 years of walkin’, talkin’, hell, death and destruction… THE finest fighting team the world has ever known. $17.50 per person/ payable at the door.

PLEASE RSVP BY NOV 3RD to Doug Wendling: or 252-457-0409

Friday, November 10

Free Dental Care For All Veterans

Atlantic Dentistry, in partnership with ARTS (A Reason To Smile), will be providing free dental care for all veterans. Cleanings, fillings and extractions will be performed by our staff in recognition of your service. Please call 252-261-7700 to schedule an appointment.

Understanding and Using Your VA Benefits to Buy and Sell Real Estate

Free Seminar Hosted by Al Friedman of Sun Realty

Dare County Arts Council, 300 Queen Elizabeth Ave, Manteo NC, 9 – 10 a.m.

INFO: Register by email to or phone at 410-353-3927 by November 7

Free Concert Outer Banks Sporting Events and Dare County Arts Council will host a free concert at Pamlico Jacks in Nags Head.


North Carolina eclectic bluegrass band Sassagrass will headline the concert, which starts at 9pm. This Outer Banks Veterans Week marquee concert will support local Veteran art programs and organizations with guests being able to make donations to the local Outer Banks VFW Post 10950 at the event. INFO: Dare County Arts Council (252) 473-5558

November 10-12

12th Annual TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon
& Southern Fried Half Marathon Weekend

Known for its mixture of fast and flat stretches through unspoiled coastal wilderness and a steep, challenging run over the Washington-Baum Bridge that links the island with the mainland, the Outer Banks Marathon & Southern Fried Half Marathon takes runners on a scenic tour of this remote stretch of North Carolina’s Atlantic coastline.

Come run with us and cover spectacular ground! INFO:


Veterans Day Flag Raising Ceremony at Pirates Cove

One Sailfish Drive, Manteo, NC. 

Join us for a 9am flag raising ceremony at the Pirates Cove main entrance flag pole.

Hosted by the Pirates Cove Home Owners Association.

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Enjoy free admission for all visitors to the Aquarium on Saturday the 11th in honor of Veterans Day. A special presentation of “Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes: The Unique Story of the Pea Island Life Savers” will be presented on Saturday, November 11th at 11 a.m. in cooperation with the Pea Island Preservation Society. The program will offer reenactments, engaging storytelling and a message of perseverance and teamwork.

Veterans Day Ceremony- Manteo

9 a.m. at the Dare County Veterans Memorial, 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo. Sponsored by the American Legion Post 26

Veterans Day Ceremony- Nags Head

11 a.m.

Nags Head Municipal Complex.

Veterans Day Ceremony- Southern Shores

11 a.m. 

Southern Shores Town Hall 

The speaker this year will be U.S. Air Force veteran George M. Farrow, currently Senior Patrol Officer, Southern Shores Police Department. INFO: 252-261-0876

Veterans Day Ceremony- Kill Devil Hills

12:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial on Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills Sponsored by American Legion Post 26.


Candle Lighting Ceremony:
Honor, Remember, Care 

St. Andrews By-the-Sea, Nags Head 4pm -5:30pm 

Hosted by GEM Adult Day Services, Inc.

A Ceremony to Honor and Remember Our Veterans and Others in Our Community Who Have Passed. Featuring a veterans Color Guard, and the music of the Outer Banks Chorus, Echoes of Heritage, and Angelo Sonnesso. Rev. Philip Glick will lead the service.