CORNELIUS – The Town of Cornelius and American Legion Post 86 will host their annual Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Cornelius Veteran's Monument at Rotary Plaza.

The program honors military veterans and those currently serving in our Armed Forces.

American Legion Post 86 Commander John Washam will lead a ceremony that will include a welcome from Cornelius Mayor Lynette Rinker, keynote speaker Lonnie Long, 21-gun salute by American Legion Post 86 and patriotic songs by the Hough High School Concert Choir. 

Former Cornelius Mayor Harold Little, who served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946, inspired the town to build a monument honoring veterans.

The town dedicated the Cornelius Veterans Monument at Rotary Plaza on Nov. 11, 2011, with approximately 1,200 names engraved on the granite walls. The town adds names of people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, received an honorable discharge and lived in Cornelius at some point.

The monument is located at Cornelius Town Hall’s lawn, 21445 Catawba Ave.

Details: Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation & Culture Department at 704-892-6031, ext. 160, or visit