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Organizers Want To Bring The 'Glory Days' Back To Fayetteville

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FAYETTEVILLE — Fayetteville wants to become home to an annual, premierMemorial Day event in North Carolina.

The day will start with a ceremony at theAirborneand Special Operations Museumwith General Hugh Shelton.A new Vietnam Veteran Memorial will be dedicated for a new park across thestreet.

"I think it's going to mean a lot coming fromour community and showing them we care," says organizer Carolyn Culbreth.

Former soldiers willlead a procession to the downtown market house.Old cars will line Hay Street like they did in 1942.The Fayetteville Arts Council will be transformed into a USO canteen.

Hundreds of veterans will wear theiruniforms while others will be dressed in World War II costumes,swing-dancing in the streets.

"They deserve the recognition. We have sort of gotten away from it. Ithink U.S. patriotism islow, and it needs to be brought back up where itshould be," says resident Tom Stanley.

Glory Days will be held Saturday, May26. The event falls on Military Appreciation Day as well as the last dayof All-American Week. Because there will be so many people intown, they hope to attract more than 2,000 people locally and even morefrom across the state.

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Melissa Buscher, Reporter
Michael Joyner, Photographer

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