On Tuesday, 18 August 2015 45 veterans were greeted with bagpipes and flags at the Legislative Building — where they were honored for their service and courage by the North Carolina General Assembly as they passed a resolution marking 75th anniversary of war’s end. The veterans arrived at the Legislative Building on a bus escorted by Highway Patrol motorcyclists. The skirl of the pipes and beat of the drums played and hundreds of well-wishers applauded as the veterans walked into the building.
From our Facebook page — “the gentleman waving in the above photo is Steven Wagner‘s Uncle — Elton Price. He stormed the beaches of Normandy! The 3 in matching ties are brothers. There is a 4th that is still alive and served as well!” — Gina Lanvermeier Wagner
The state House and Senate honored about 45 World War II veterans Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of the war’s end this month.
A group of lawmakers, lobbyists and staffers greeted the veterans when they arrived at the Legislative Building as bagpipes played. Both chambers passed a resolution honoring their service. And numerous legislators spoke about the legacy of World War II veterans.
“These people are absolutely terrific people,” said Sen. John Alexander, a Raleigh Republican who helped organize the event. “After the war was over, they came back and built the greatest country this world has ever known.”
In the House, Republican Rep. Craig Horn of Union County noted that about 1 million veterans from the war are still alive. “These brave men and women assembled here today gave the world hope in its darkest hour,” he said.
Retired Air Force Col. Durwood Williams, who flew a fighter plane in the Pacific, thanked the legislature for arranging the event.
“I never, in my wildest dreams, would have seen myself speaking in such a forum,” Williams said. “Freedom is a fragile state – it’s not a thing, it’s a state. Every generation is called to defend the freedom that their fathers leave them.”
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