2018 Welcome Home Veterans Celebration Valor Luncheon & Recognition

The 2018 Welcome Home Veterans Celebration featured several events conducted over a period of five days, beginning with Wednesday's arrival of the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Wall at Beachaven Winery, and drawing to a close with education and remembrance activities at Fort Defiance and Mount Olive Cemetery on Sunday.

Friday's Valor Luncheon and Recognition drew hundreds to the Wilma Rudolph Event Center. Attendees enjoyed a catered meal, a presentation by Quilts of Valor, and an opportunity to meet and hear a story of WWII heroism first hand from famed survivor Edgar Harrell.

Harrell gave a personal account of his story which he has documented in the book “Out of the Depths: An unforgettable WWII Story of Survival, Courage, and the sinking of the USS Indianapolis.”.