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Veterans Day Ceremonies Carry Different Meaning This Year

Posted November 9, 2001 12:21 p.m. EST

— Veterans Day commemorations may have a different tone this year in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Pope Airmen joined with veterans Friday to celebrate freedom with a ceremony. The ceremony is an annual event at Fayetteville's Veterans Affairs Medical Center, but veterans said with the Sept. 11 events, this ceremony means more this year.

"I represent the ones who made the supreme sacrifice," said World War II veteran Roland Narducci. "I'm no hero. They are my heroes, and the younger generation is starting to wake up and realize that people are making these sacrifices for them."

Brig. Gen. Dick Casey, commandering general of Pope Air Force Base, said U.S. veterans can never be thanked enough.

"Americans today are realizing more than ever before the magnitude of the sacrifices made by those who have worn the uniform and their loved ones," he said.

A ceremony honoring veterans was also held in Chapel Hill Thursday.

There are a number of Veterans Day events this weekend. There will be a parade in Fayetteville at 11 a.m. Saturday, starting at Hay Street. A commemoration at the State Capitol in Raleigh will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.

There will also be a ceremony at the old Durham courthouse at 11 a.m. Sunday.