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Local Veterans Remember Fallen Comrades

Posted May 27, 2007
Updated May 28, 2007

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— Events were held across the state this weekend honoring North Carolina’s servicemen and women.

For the 76th year, American Legion Raleigh Post No. 1 hosted a ceremony that brought back memories for so many.

“You can tell in my voice, it’s tough to talk about it without getting a little bit weepy,” said Bob Rinn, a World War II veteran.

This weekend is about more than just attending a picnic or watching fireworks, said Oliver Smith, a Korean War veteran. It's a weekend of meaning, of honoring, of laying wreaths and of paying tribute to the country's fallen heroes.

“There were a lot of guys that went over that did not come back, and we will remember those guys,” said Michael Mathis, a Vietnam War veteran.

At 89 years old, Mille Dunn Veasey, a World War II vet, said she still remembers the war.

“One can never forget, never forget,” she said. “It’s beyond words what one can feel.”

More American Legion members are holding Memorial Day observances on Monday.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a ceremony at the Capitol Grounds in Raleigh will honor North Carolinians who served during times of war.

In Fayetteville, a number of events get under way at 7:30 a.m. at Hay Street and Bragg Boulevard. There will be a bike race, a memorial service at Freedom Memorial Park and wreath-laying ceremony.

In Durham, the American Legion Post will hold a graveside ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at the Maplewood Cemetery on Duke University Road.

A ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Cary. Another ceremony is planed for 11 a.m. at the Heritage Golf Course in Wake Forest.

Carrboro will hold its military commemoration from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Farmers Market next to Town Hall.

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  • NC_VET May 28, 2007

    I remember all our Fallen Service Men and Women from all wars/action, who paid for our freedoms with the ultimate sacrifice.

    I remember my Dad and Mom both in US Navy during WWII.

    I remember my Dad on duty and him surviving the attack at Pearl Harbor 12-07-41.

    I remember my service in Vietnam, the buddies I served with, the ones who are now on the Black Wall in Washington, DC

    I remember my two son, one who served in Desert Storm 1 and Somalia 1993, one who was in Desert Storm 2 in 2003-4,
    Haiti in 2005, and Iraq 3 2005, and still in US Marines

    I remember all our military men and women now serving this
    great country. God bless them.

  • diwanicki May 28, 2007

    Thank you all for your service to our country! God bless you and your family.

  • twright530 May 28, 2007

    I will know my brother not by cut of cloth but by red of blood for he who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother...
    Battle of Enghill 1673

  • atozca May 28, 2007

    I thank God for our men and women who have stood up and fought for our country and enabled me and my family, et. al. to enjoy the freedoms we have. I have such respect for military families who always are proud to have served their country regardless of what the "whiners" say! Thank you and God Bless!

  • Steve Crisp May 28, 2007

    I am actually fairly upset that someone in the military might issue the following statement as the story's teaser indicated:

    "With thousands of men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan, many say Memorial Day is as much about honoring and supporting current soldiers as it is about veterans."

    Veterans Day is for honoring those who have served. Armed Forces Day is for honoring those who are serving.

    Memorial Day is for honoring those who have given their lives in the protection of our country. Please don't attempt to water down the sigificance of this day.

    May God take your souls to everlasting peace and let you know that you completed a job well done. Thank you.

  • sweeethng May 27, 2007

    God Bless all our past and present vets. Special prayers to those vets that have died and to their families who are dealing with their death.

    A US Air Force Disabled vet, wife of a retired Air Force vet and mother to a son in the NC Army National Guard with 3 other sons all talking about joining the military.

  • newbie1 May 27, 2007

    AS MEMORIAL DAY NEARS IN A FEW HOURS GOD BLESS ALL AMERICAN TROOPS PAST AND PRESENT AND REMEMBER THOSE WHO DIED FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM.
    WIFE OF A USMC VIETNAM VET 1968-1992

  • jim2dart May 27, 2007

    GOD BLESS THE HEROES THAT SERVE AND HAVE SERVED OUR GREAT NATION...THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!!!

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc May 27, 2007

    God bless all of our American heroes, past, present, and future!

    Gulf War Vet USMC 1990-1995 Semper Fi!

  • gnew46 May 27, 2007

    Always remember the men and women who fought and died to keep our Country free. Freedom is not free and some pay with the ultimate sacrifice. GOD BLESS OUR COUNTRY AND GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!!
    PROUD US ARMY VET, DMZ, 1966-1968

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