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Veterans honored during N.C. ceremonies

Posted November 11, 2008

— Veteran’s Day ceremonies were held across the state on Tuesday to honor the thousands who have served.

There are more than 790,000 veterans in North Carolina.

The 550th Airborne Infantry Battalion served only during World War II, while the 321st Field Artillery Regiment remains active.

Veteran Paul Stinner, 82, is the last surviving member of the 550th Airborne. He attended one ceremony outside the Airborne and Special Operations Museum.

“The good Lord made me be the survivor, and to be here today is such an honor and privilege,” Stinner said.

Stinner said he thinks of the other members of the battalion daily and plans to make frequent visits to a memorial outside the museum to reflect on those times.

At North Carolina State University, a wreath-laying at the Bell Tower on Hillsborough Street honored veterans. Early Tuesday 300 ROTC cadets jogged two miles to place the wreath at the base of the monument.

N.C. State University has an Air Force ROTC wing, an Army ROTC battalion and a Navy/Marine Corps battalion.

At the Carolina Alumni Memorial in Chapel Hill, more than 100 ROTC midshipmen and cadets were to assemble, and a color guard was to present the colors.

At the N.C. Museum of History a ceremony was planned to honor WWII veterans. At the ceremony, the consul general of France Philippe Ardanaz, planned to present the Legion of Honor to five American veterans.

The Broughton Choral Group was to perform at Parc Compiegne in Raleigh. Parc Compiegne honors Raleigh's sister city, where the armistice that ended WWI was signed on Nov. 11, 1918.

American Legion Post #157 will honor African-American WWII veterans at its annual banquet on Tuesday night at the North Raleigh Hilton.

On Saturday, Raleigh's 27th North Carolina Veteran’s Parade and Ceremony was held downtown. About 6,000 people watched the parade.

More than 120,000 active-duty personnel serve on military bases in the state. In addition, more than 20,000 citizens serve in the National Guard and Reserves.

Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly all of the state's National Guard troops have deployed at least once.


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  • whatusay Nov 11, 2008

    I went to the public golf course today for a round of golf. Because it was a holiday they wanted to charge me more money to play. I told them I was a veteran and should be allowed to play for the normal rate if they truely were observing Veterans day. I left in protest. Businesses, and our government are not supportive of those who serve, or have served this country.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Nov 11, 2008

    bngexpress, the sons, daughters, wives or husbands of vets as you described could also understand the struggles and basically be victims too. It took years for me to fully comprehend since my father simply did not talk to me for decades, and it was not until after he passed away where I understood his struggles. At first I was very angry, because the "system" abandoned him (including the VA), and that he just refused to be a father by becoming a hermit. Now I understand that he could not, and he was still fighting the wars in his mind and his body even after 1972 when the Vietnam War was over.

  • bngexpress Nov 11, 2008

    unless you are a vet,you cannot believe the struggles a vet goes through, my father a veitnam vet, begged the va for help after he was treated with non-hoskins lomphoma,only to given the normal govt run-around, he fought the side effects of the radiation,and kemo for twenty years only to pass away on 10/31/08 at the young age of 69 , for those vets that donot know non-hoskins lomphona is a direct result of exposure to agent orange,keepfighting for what they owe you.for some it's too late and that is what they are banking on.

  • gunny462 Nov 11, 2008

    Thank you for your service and to all the other Vets out there another thank you!

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Nov 11, 2008

    I was a military brat and I appreciate the vets!

  • Myword Nov 11, 2008

    I just got back from a nice ceremony. Wish a veteran some good wishes out there!

  • ajsmall83 Nov 11, 2008

    I am glad you do! But alot of people dont understand why we get Nov 11th off! Also alot of people dont appercaite us vets! Thanks for thanking us.

  • NavySrChiefswife Nov 11, 2008

    Thank you to all who have served and who are currently serving. I greatly appreciate all that you and your families have given and will give in the future.