Valor Games at Smith Center

Memorial Day weekend serves as a time to remember United States veterans. Tuesday at UNC-Chapel Hill, there’s a chance to cheer them on.

More than 100 current and former service members are competing in the Valor Games Southeast, a competition for all wounded and ill vets and active-duty military.

Durham-based Bridge II Sports is sponsoring the friendly event, which will hold its Opening Ceremonies at the Smith Center at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Competitions in seated volleyball, boccia ball (adapted bocce ball) and air rifle will continue through 3 p.m., with medal ceremonies for each event.

The Games, which originated in Chicago in 2011 and are being held in four regions nationally this year, will move to Duke on Wednesday and to the N.C. State fairgrounds on Thursday. Events at those two sites will include indoor rowing, archery, power lifting, table tennis, cycling and field events.

Competitions are free and open to the public.

“This is a way for veterans and active service members to connect with their communities – and hopefully get better faster,’’ said Paul Brown, a spokesman for the Southeast Valor Games. “These men and women deserve to be cheered on.”

 Published May 21, 2013.