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Veterans honored during N.C. ceremonies

Posted November 11, 2008 12:42 p.m. EST
Updated November 11, 2008 6:05 p.m. EST

— 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.