Eastern Carolina Pauses To Remember War Dead

Rain didn't keep people in New Bern from honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Governor Beverly Perdue joined approximately 200 people at New Bern's National Cemetery Monday morning.

Many other communities paused on Memorial Day, setting aside picnics and family events to pay respect to those who have died in battle.

Here are some of the services being held:

Beaufort County: Washington veteran's Park on 3rd Street in Washington. 11am

Craven County: The Craven County Veteran's Council will hold its annual Memorial Day program at 11:00 AM on Monday, May 25th. This program will be held at the New Bern National Cemetery. The Governor is slated to attend.

Edgecombe County: Five members of the Rocky Mount-based N.C. National Guard 1132nd Military Police Company, along with all fallen soldiers, will be honored Monday at a memorial service at the Rocky Mount Veterans Memorial at Jack Laughery Park at 11am.

Lenoir County:
The American flag will be raised at the Lenoir County Courthouse on Queen Street. Veterans will travel to the Memorial at the Richard S. Caswell and CSS Neuse Historic Site on Vernon Avenue for a brief ceremony before going to places flags on veteran's graves.

Pitt County: Greenville Town Common at 11am


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  • by Earl Location: Washington,NC on May 26, 2009 at 06:42 AM
    My Father quit High School and enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in 1942 during WW2. He was a gunner on a B17 Bomber. He survived the war. Went to College on the GI Bill. He earned 3 College degrees in Math & Science. He worked for Westinghouse until his retirement. He was a great Father ,Teacher most of all a great friend. He loved boating & fishing. He passed away in 2000. Ya I miss the old man. God bless all those old vets still on patrol.
  • by Anonymous on May 25, 2009 at 07:17 PM
    I have never and will never buy the propoganda.
  • by KC Location: ENC on May 25, 2009 at 06:35 PM
    That video was good. I want to thank Dave Marcheskie for covering the memorial service in New Bern. Our military men and women deserve better. We reserve Veteran's Day and Memorial Day to thank our military men and women. It should be a daily rememberence. Everybody knows someone who has served or is currently serving. Good Job.
  • by Thomas Location: Chocowinity,NC on May 25, 2009 at 09:15 AM
    Thank you Hilary for your story. My family has one too. My uncle Bill enlisted in the US Navy after Pearl Harbor in 1942 he was 20 years old. He was a anti aircraft gunners mate on a US Navy Destroyer " Tin Can " He was assigned to the Pacific to fight the Japanese. His ship was strafed by Japanese fighter planes off Okinawa Island while manning his gun he was wounded and took 3 bullets. The Navy Dr.'s saved his life. After the war he had a wife,familly,children and worked in New Jersey. He died a young man in 1975, because of those war wounds. The blood vessel tubes the Navy Dr's put in him to save his life ruptured. It took 30 years for that war to kill my Uncle Bill my Fathers brother my Uncle,but it did. I remember my uncle Bill he was a proud Navy Sailor a good Father & familly man he loved his children. That war WW2 still effects our familly today. Here is our famillies short war story
  • by Hilary Location: Chocowinity,NC on May 25, 2009 at 07:28 AM
    I just want to tell a short war story about my Uncle Jessepe he was of Italian desent he lived in America. His Mother & Father were born in Italy. WW2 started Jessepe was 18 he enlisted in the US Army to serve his new famillies country America. He was sent back to Italy to fight his fellow Italians and the Nazi Germans. He spoke Italian so you severed also as a interperter as well as a rifleman. My uncle Jessepe was Killed In Action in 1944 he was only 19 years old somewhere in Italy. He earned 2 medals of commindation. He was my Fathers brother. He went back to Italy to die how strange. His mother was never the same after her son died in that war. He will live forever in our famillies heart. I offen wonder what kind of person Jessepe would have grown to be. It's just a short war story.
  • by Celia Location: Nash County on May 25, 2009 at 05:36 AM
    I am not in the military, nor is any member of my immediate family. None the less, I am deeply saddened that our county does very little to honor our military on this Memorial Day. When I was growing up it was a day of mourning and remembrance to honor those who paid the price for our freedom. Towns had parades to bring people together to honor the fallen that were filled with families of the military and living Veterans as well. They also contained the usual local parade entertainment. The parade route ended at a local cemetery, where speeches and prayers were offered. People volunteered to clean and decorate with flowers and flags the graves of those who had fallen. I'm not so old, but I do miss the way things used to be. God Bless America and all of our men and women in uniform!
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