The public is invited to a dedication ceremony at the site of the planned Orange County Veterans Memorial on Friday.
Construction isn’t expected to begin until next spring, but design work and fundraising are well underway. The memorial will be on county land, at the Southern Human Services campus at 2501 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill, but the effort is led by a volunteer task force and financed by private donations.
The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Doug Guthe, whose career with the Navy included command of the USS Asheville, a nuclear submarine, and command of the Navy ROTC units at UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State University and Duke University. Guthe is now a professor at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.