Havelock business supplies sweet tweats for veterans

Published: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 09:26 AM.

Officially, Veterans Day was Sunday, but when Navy veteran Sam Headley landed at Coastal Carolina Regional Airport on Monday, he was greeted with a sweet treat from a grateful group of fellow Americans.

Workers from Navy Federal Credit Union’s Havelock branch had cookies, bottled water, memorabilia and a chance for a basket of goodies and gift cards as a nod of appreciation for vets like Headley, who served on an aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War.

He and his wife Paulette of Pittsburgh, Pa., flew into New Bern to visit their son, Cherry Point Marine Maj. Ted Headley, so they had double reason to feel honored by the gesture that branch manager Joyce Hernandez offered.

Coastal Carolina Regional displayed U.S. flags high and low, from flagpoles and lining sidewalk entrances. Airport director Tom Braaten, himself a veteran who retired as a Marine Corps major general and commander at Cherry Point, stopped by for a moment to thank the veterans and the volunteers. There are 9,280 veterans in Craven County.

With more than 23 million American veterans still living, almost every American of every race and creed knows a veteran and many have a close relative or spouse who served in their country’s military since President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first national celebration of their service with Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919.

Nov. 11 was chosen when the 1918 Treaty of Versailles to end World War I, “the war to end all wars,” was signed to take effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

That hope did not prevail. The country has since been involved in nine conflicts —World War II,  the Korean conflict, Vietnam, Gulf War and Desert Storm, Somalia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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