The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island wishes to thank and honor all the men and women who have served in the armed forces, and will observe Veterans Day on November 11 with special programming and a free admission day.
-Admission to NCARI will be free to everyone all day on Saturday, November 11. Veterans Day is one of two free admission days the aquarium offers each year.
-November 11 will also kick-off the "Season of Thankfulness" food drive that runs through November 30 and benefits the Roanoke Island Food Pantry at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in Manteo. Guests are invited to bring non-perishable food to the aquarium for donation. Last year, guests donated 1,458 pounds of food on Veterans Day alone, allowing the food pantry to assist many families in need.
-Veterans Day will see the return of the presentation “Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes: The Unique Story of the Pea Island Lifesavers,” the true and inspiring story of the U.S. Life-Saving service and the engaging, unique history of the Pea Island Life-Saving Station. These presentations draw enthusiastic participation by adults and children, and lead into important discussions about diversity and unity. Using reenactment and interpretation, presenters tell the story of Richard Etheridge, keeper of the first all-black lifesaving station, located on nearby Pea Island, and how crews had to work alongside one another to fulfill their sworn duties. The U.S. Life-Saving Service was an early precursor to of what would become the U.S. Coast Guard, and Veterans Day is a special time to pay tribute to these heroes. “Freedmen, Surfmen, Heroes: The Unique Story of the Pea Island Lifesavers” will be presented at 11 a.m. in Neptune’s Theater.