On November 11, 2018 at 1 pm, the Town of Waxhaw honored American servicemen and women with a ceremony at the Military Wall of Honor. This year marked the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. Emceed by Anthony J. Parker, Union County Veterans Services Officer, this years ceremony included a presentation of the colors but the Composite Squadron of the Waxhaws MER-NC-300, Brentwood Richardson singing the National Anthem, the Waxhaw Cub Scout Pack 53 leading the Pledge of Allegiance, an Invocation by Bill Connell, Waxhaw Police Department Chaplain, Guest Speaker Aaron Barney USMC, and Edna Drakeford and her volunteers presenting Quilts of Valor. A bagpipe player also stopped by to play several songs in honor of our Veterans.
While the ceremony was held later than normal this year to accommodate Sunday morning conflicts, there was a large crowd gathered to commemorate the original Armistice Day. Tents and chairs were provided by the Town of Waxhaw with the overflow sitting on the sidewalk and personal chairs. Drakeford and her volunteers have now presented 112 Quilts of Valor to local veterans and they are starting quilts for more veterans to be presented at the Memorial Day Ceremony 2019. They are accepting nominations as well as donations and volunteers to help create the quilts.