• Thousands paid tribute to veterans in Charlotte


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte welcomed thousands of Vietnam veterans and their families from across the country Saturday.  The veterans were honored during Charlotte's first "Welcome Home" celebration. 

    A replica of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial is expected to be the highlight of the event.

    A caravan of motorcycles escorted the memorial down interstate 85 Thursday.

    This created quite an unexpected buzz in Charlotte.

    See a slideshow of the caravan

    The event was a celebration honoring the veterans for their service to the U.S.

    The celebration included concerts and patriotic displays.  

    Event Schedule

    9:00 a.m. Spectator Gates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5A, 8 Open
    10:45 a.m. Rolling Thunder Entrance onto Track
    11:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies Begin, North Stage
    11:10 a.m. Unveiling of special military salute paint scheme on the No. 48 Lowe's Chevy
    12:20 p.m. Rockie Lynne Concert from, South Stage
    1:15 p.m. 2nd Marine Air Wing Band Performs, South Stage
    2:25 p.m.George Clinton & the Parliament Funkadelics, North Stage
    3:15 p.m. Charlie Daniels, South Stage
    4:15 p.m. Final Thank You and Closing Remarks

    One local veteran explained that the memorial will help many veterans heal.

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