Waxhaw residents hold veterans’ tribute
Waxhaw residents Ken Corn and Scott Farb want people to understand the sacrifices made by military veterans. To help pay tribute, the duo will hold an event at the American Legion Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m to 5p.m. Uniforms from every war that involved an American soldier will be on display, from the French and Indian War to modern day Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, there will be re-enactors in uniforms from different periods, performing, helmets, equipment, weapons and war trophies.
“Freedom isn’t free,” Farb said. “Our servicemen, yeah they get paid, but they make incredible sacrifices.”
For the two years Farb worked at the Museum of the Waxhaws, he held a tribute each year, displaying items from his family history. Once he and the museum parted ways, Farb worked with Corn to hold a similar tribute, but this time incorporating events and stories from other families as well.
“I was embedded with a unit in 2003,” Corn said. “I went to Kuwait for WRAL in Raleigh, then three days before the war started, I volunteered for an embed.”
Corn, then a cameraman, traveled with the 37th Engineering Battalion n the waning days of the Iraqi War.
“We were working out of the CBS Bureau in Kuwaiti City and then I got the approval for the embed with the 37th,” Corn said. “For five days, we traveled 900 miles, through Baghdad and into the city of Mosul. It was definitely an experience.”
Seeing the struggles firsthand made Corn even more passionate to support veterans back home.
“I can’t imagine what they go through, leaving their family for two years,” Corn said. “I left my family for a few months and it was rough. If I can bring their stories back, hopefully people will have a better appreciation for our troops.”
Corn has currently more than three hours of footage, shot but never used by his news crew. All of that footage is being processed into a documentary, which Corn plans to display at the Legion event. If this becomes a yearly event, Corn said, he’ll switch up shots and video footage each time.
The event will be held at 801 South Main Street, Waxhaw.
Other Veteran’s Day Events:
• Waxhaw Veteran’s Day ceremony. The event will be held Friday starting at noon with a lunch after. The program will take place in front of the Waxhaw Military Wall of Honor, emceed by Commissioner Joyce Blythe.
• Veterans Tribute at Museum of the Waxhaws. The museum will hold a veterans’ tribute Nov. 12 from 10am til 5pm, featuring a display by Jack Clay and memorabilia, as well as discussion about Camp Sutton, the World War II facility that operated in Monroe. The museum event costs $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for children.