Veterans Day Celebration Saturday In Benson

Benson will honor veterans during the 2018 Veterans Day Celebration on Saturday. The event includes a parade at noon followed by lunch in the Singing Grove. During last year’s parade members of Cub Scout Pack 19 lead the parade carrying the colors of each of the Armed Services.

Also, Healthy Harvest will be at the same time

The Town of Benson had to reschedule activities lost to Hurricane Florence.

After the storm forced the town and Benson Area Chamber of Commerce officials with no choice but to move the Mule Days Celebration from its traditional spot on the penultimate weekend in September to last weekend, other celebrations were affected as well.

According to Benson Media Coordinator Tyler Douglas, the town’s Veterans Day Celebration and Healthy Harvest Festival will be combined this year.

The dual celebrations will take place on Saturday. In addition to the combined celebrations, a new event will be introduced.

“On Saturday, the Town of Benson will celebrate Veterans Day in a big way with the Healthy Harvest Festival and new Run for the Brave 5K,” he said. “That, as well as our annual celebration in the Singing Grove and Veterans Day Parade.”

The newly-formed event will incorporate both celebrations along with the run in what town officials hope will be a fun-filled day.

The celebrations will get underway with registration for the 5K run at 7:30 a.m. at TNT Fitness, 103 W. Parrish Drive.

Advanced registration for the run is available online at or call 919-894-3553 for more information.

The run will officially begin at 9 a.m. with the Veterans Day Parade stepping off at noon along Main Street.

The parade will line up at 11:15 a.m. Anyone or any organization interested in entering the parade are asked to contact Mr. Douglas via email or by phone at 919-894-3553.

Lunch for active duty and veterans will be served at 12:30 p.m. in the Singing Grove.

From 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., the town will celebrate the Healthy Harvest Festival along Railroad Street in downtown Benson. The event will include food trucks, vendors and entertainment.

“We’re looking forward to hosting our popular 5K this year and we’re thrilled we will be able to support our area veterans in the process,” Mr. Douglas said. “All donations made during the event will go to the Disabled American Veterans charity.”

-The Daily Record