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Soldier Tributes Mark Emotional Day In Fayettevile

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Fayetteville showed its support for local troops in Operation Iraqi Freedom on Friday.

In a morning ceremony, the Army and Air Force flags were unfurled at city hall. The flags will stay on display as a sign to the troops and their families that the community is behind them.

Organizers also set up a makeshift wishing well. Participants dropped messages to soldiers and airmen into the well, and the messages will be sent to service members.

Meanwhile, Jack Britt High School held a "Support the Troops" day near Fort Bragg. Many students and faculty at the school have family or friends involved in the war.

Supporters wore red, white and blue, donated items to be sent to the troops and even gave blood.

Students organized the effort, looking for positive ways to show their support.

On a more somber note, a Fayetteville native killed while serving in Iraq was buried in his hometown Friday.

Sgt. Roderic Solomon died in a vehicle accident in Iraq two weeks ago. The 32-year old Gulf War vet was based at Fort Stewart, Ga.

Solomon's family gathered at a Fayetteville church Friday to say goodbye. He was laid to rest in Spring Lake.

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