Autographs and photo opportunities with the cast will also be available
The Army’s Army, in collaboration with Fort Bragg Communities of Cumberland County, revealed an exciting addition to its third annual Heroes Homecoming celebration lineup: a Meet & Greet with stars from the cast of hit television show, MASH. Loretta Swit (Margaret “Hotlips” Houlihan), Jamie Farr (Corporal Klinger), and William Christopher (Father Mulcahy), will participate in an open panel discussion and live Q&A on Sunday, November 10, from 3-5pm at the North Carolina Veterans Park in Fayetteville, NC.
This public event will allow veterans and MASH fans to get up close and personal with the celebrities, posing questions, getting autographs and taking pictures with the stars who brought awareness to the Korean War through popular culture. The event will also be live streamed on the Heroes Homecoming website and digital participants will be able to join the Q&A by submitting their questions on twitter using the hashtag #AskMASH. Veteran radio broadcaster and MASH fan Mac Edwards of Beasley Broadcasting will moderate the discussion.
“MASH was a real turning point in the American public’s understanding of the challenges and sacrifices faced by Korean War veterans,” said Bruce Daws of NC Veterans Park. “We are excited that its stars will join us not only to honor those veterans, but also to shed personal insight into their roles as part of an important cultural milestone.”
“The Army’s Army is grateful to the stars of MASH for engaging so intimately with veterans and fans, and to North Carolina Veterans Park for hosting this special event,” added Janine West, Executive Director of the Army’s Army. “With its broad exploration of military service, the park is a perfect place for reflection and shared memories of the Korean War.”
In addition to the November 10th Meet & Greet, the MASH celebrities will lead a variety of other activities during the Heroes Homecoming weekend, including a private bus tour of Ft. Bragg for Korean War Veterans, a pancake breakfast at the Fayetteville VA Hospital, and a community-wide Veterans Day blood drive. As the stars reunite this year, it will mark not only the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice, but also the 30th anniversary of the conclusion of MASH. In anticipation of their arrival, the Arts Council of Fayetteville will be screening all 256 episodes of MASH between October 21 and November 8, free of charge to the public.
For more information on Heroes Homecoming III, and for a full event itinerary, visit: www.heroeshomecoming.com
About Heroes Homecoming:
Fort Bragg Communities of Cumberland County created Heroes Homecoming as a way of showing recognition and appreciation to all veterans for their courage, their sacrifice and everything they do to defend this country’s freedom – now and forever. The Fayetteville area has always had a unique bond with veterans, as the point of departure and return for hundreds of thousands of soldiers. Fayetteville has hosted Heroes Homecoming since 2011, helping it to become the largest commemoration and reunion of its kind. From concerts and parades, to lectures and movie viewings, cultural celebrations and recognition ceremonies, all of the events at Heroes Homecoming recognize the service and sacrifice of our brave veterans.
About The Army’s Army:
The Army’s Army is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization made up of citizens and businesses who have pledged their support to those in the military. We do everything we can to make soldiers, veterans and their families feel welcome, appreciated and safe. The Army’s Army is dedicated to “watching over those who watch over us©.” For additional information, please visit www.armysarmy.com or www.brieffromthefront.com
About Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau:
The Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) is a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for positioning Fort Bragg Communities of Cumberland County as a destination for conventions, sporting events and individual travel. For additional information, visit www.visitfayettevillenc.com or call 1-800-255-8217.
About North Carolina Veterans Park:
The North Carolina Veterans Park is the first state park dedicated to military veterans, past and present, from all branches of the Armed Services. Explore natural, symbolic, historical and artistic elements that honor veterans from North Carolina’s 100 counties. Visit us at 300 Bragg Blvd. in Downtown Fayetteville. For more information visit www.ncveteranspark.org