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Veterans Life Center director to speak at appreciation event

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OXFORD — In a continuing tradition, the Granville County Veterans’ Affairs Committee will honor local veterans at its sixth annual Veterans appreciation event on Saturday, March 7.

The event will be held 2-4 p.m. at the Granville County Expo & Convention Center on U.S. Highway 15 south of Oxford. This year’s theme is “2010 to the Present: A Decade of Service.”

The nearly 4,000 veterans in Granville County are recognized not only with this annual event, but throughout the year at many events and ceremonies around the area.

The appreciation event will highlight the ongoing service of members in all branches of the military during the last decade, including service in combat, peacekeeping and humanitarian aid.

All area veterans are encouraged to attend to share stories and be recognized for their service. Refreshments will be provided.

The keynote speaker for this year’s event is retired Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Thomas Gorry, the executive director of the Veterans Life Center opening this spring in Butner. Gorry will give an update on the progress of the center and how it will benefit veterans in the area.

Gorry has a 32-year history with the Marine Corp, serving in such positions as a strategic planner at the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany; commanding officer of the multi-function logistical organization in Okinawa, Japan; joint operations officer for the U.S. forces in Afghanistan; director of Marine Corp command and staff at Quantico, Virgina; commanding general of all Marine Corps installations on the East Coast; base commander at Camp LeJeune; and chair of the North Carolina Commanders Council.

After serving as commander of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategies in Washington, D.C., Gorry’s final assignment in the Marine Corps was as president of the Marine Corps University.

Gorry was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill and multiple advanced degrees, including a doctorate from Walden University.

For more information about the event, contact event chair Allan Strickland at 919-451-6172 or Granville County Veterans Services officer Rodney Frazier at 919-693-1484.