The third annual Veterans Pow Wow will be held at Veterans Park in Mount Airy, N.C. on Friday, June 17, Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19. Gates will open at 10 am.
The pow wow is open to the general public and all proceeds go to support military veterans in need. Veterans, Gold Star Mothers and children under the age of 7 will be admitted free of charge.
There will be intertribal dancing, Native Americans from different nations and tribes dressed in full regalia (outfits), native crafts, vendors, food, art, drums, flute music, and resources for veterans and their families. The Walking Wounded Exhibit will be on display during the pow wow.
Henry Lee Grider, Army veteran, is the pow wow promoter and works with the Walking Wounded Exhibit. The Walking Wounded is a traveling exhibit of photographs and artifacts honoring the nation’s combat veterans, especially those who served in Vietnam.
Grider has spent 14 years helping people to get off the streets and 100% of the proceeds from The Walking Wounded exhibit goes to help disabled and homeless veterans.
“As long as I have the ability to help I will,” Grider said.
Grider partnered with Mount Airy VFW Post 2019 and the VFW in Hillsville to promote two pow wows to raise money to help veterans and their families. Money raised from the VFW admission fees during the Hillsville Flea Market goes toward the food pantry.
Veterans in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina can receive a banana box and fill it with food items. Their doors are open to any veteran but only veterans of foreign wars can be members.