News

North Carolina World War II Veterans Honored in Washington

North Carolina World War II Veterans Honored in Washington
North Carolina World War II Veterans Honored in Washington

Multimedia

<!-- IMAGE -->

November 11 is Veteran's Day, a day when veterans of the armed forces are honored and remembered for their service and sacrifice. An aging group of veterans from the U.S. state of North Carolina, came to Washington D.C., on a pilgrimage to honor their fallen comrades.    

The airplane carrying more than 100 World War II Veterans arrived in Washington right on schedule.

There was a celebration to honor these men known as the "greatest generation" for their service and sacrifice during World War II.

It was an outpouring of admiration and appreciation for these veterans from North Carolina.

They came to the nation's capital as guests of Rotary International. Their ultimate destination; the World War II Memorial.

"A memorial like this was a long time coming," Harley Affeldt says. "It should have been built many years ago."

The Memorial, which opened in 2004 on the national mall, honors the service and sacrifice of the 16 million Americans who served, fought and died during World War II.   

These men who saw war have never seen the memorial dedicated to their service.  
Some were greeted by former US Senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole, who was wounded and decorated three times for his heroism during the allied campaign to liberate Italy.

<!-- IMAGE -->

Amid the beauty of the waterfalls and plaques some of the veterans reflected and remembered.

"It is very very emotional," Affeldt says. "I have already seen some of the men with tears in their eyes. "

Others took pictures and shared war stories from their youth.

"I was shot and a German artillery shell exploded and I had several pieces of shrapnel in me," Bennie Fletcher explains.

"I landed in the second wave on Omaha Beach on D-day," Jimmy Ciccarello says.

Among those taking part were US Senator Richard Burr and his father David from North Carolina.

"This is an opportunity for individuals who served over 60 years ago," Senator Burr says, "many never talked about what they did or where they were, to bond with people who did exactly the same thing and who never questioned what they were asked to do."

88-year-old Earl Hucks and 90-year-old Brantley were two of five brothers who served during War World II. 

"Veterans day is a day I will never forget," he says, "and it means a whole lot to me."

For many of these veterans who are in their 80's and 90's now, this may be the very last trip they make to Washington. But they say the memories they take away from this trip will last for the rest of their lives.

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Nobel Prize Winner Malala Talks to VOAi
X
August 31, 2015 2:17 AM
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai met with VOA's Deewa service in Washington Sunday to talk about women’s rights and unveil a trailer for her new documentary. VOA's Katherine Gypson has more.
Video

Video Nobel Prize Winner Malala Talks to VOA

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai met with VOA's Deewa service in Washington Sunday to talk about women’s rights and unveil a trailer for her new documentary. VOA's Katherine Gypson has more.
Video

Video War, Drought Threaten Iraq's Marshlands

Iraq's southern wetlands are in crisis. These areas are the spawning ground for Gulf fisheries, a resting place for migrating wildfowl, and source of livelihood for fishermen and herders. Faith Lapidus has more.
Video

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Rebuilding New Orleans' Music Scene

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans, threatening to wash away its vibrant musical heritage along with its neighborhoods, the beat goes on. As Bronwyn Benito and Faith Lapidus report, a Musicians' Village is preserving the city's unique sound.
Video

Video In Russia, Auto Industry in Tailspin

Industry insiders say country relies too heavily on imports as inflation cuts too many consumers out of the market. Daniel Schearf has more from Moscow.
Video

Video Scientist Calls Use of Fetal Tissue in Medical Research Essential

An anti-abortion group responsible for secret recordings of workers at a women's health care organization claims the workers shown are offering baby parts for sale, a charge the organization strongly denies. While the selling of fetal tissue is against the law in the United States, abortion and the use of donated fetal tissue for medical research are both legal. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
Video

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.
Video

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.
Video

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.

VOA Blogs