MONROE – Dennis Helms will serve as the guest speaker at the Veterans Day Ceremony organized by the Union County Veterans Services Office and City of Monroe.
The event starts at 10:45 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport.
The Union County native served in the Army from 1968 to 1970 as a rifleman, radio telephone operator and squad leader. He received a direct commission in the N.C. Army National Guard as a lieutenant in Detachment 1, 881st Combat Engineers.
During his tour in Vietnam, while serving with the 101st Airborne Division, Helms fought in the Battle of Hamburger Hill from May 10 to May 20, 1969.
He appeared on “War Stories with Oliver North” and has a chapter in a book named for him (Dennis Helms, Bravo 16 Romeo) in Frank Boccia’s “The Crouching Beast.”
Helms was a Southern Baptist pastor for 30 years. He volunteers for the PTSD Foundation of America, North Carolina, providing individual counseling and support for veterans with PTSD.
County commissioners Richard Helms and Lance Simpson will also present awards and proclamation to eight cadets of excellent merit, selected by their Union County High School JROTC instructors.
After the ceremony, the public can enjoy the Warbirds Over Monroe Airshow.