New NC Highway Signs Welcome Motorists To "Most Military Friendly State"

New signs going up on the major highways entering eastern North Carolina are welcoming drivers to the region's rich military heritage.

New highway welcome signs unveiled Tuesday at the North Carolina National Guard headquarters in Raleigh tell motorists they're arriving in the country's most military-friendly state.

The North Carolina Bankers Association paid for the signs, which the state Transportation Department is installing at the north and south borders of North Carolina on Interstate 95, Interstate 85, and U.S. Highway 17.

The bankers say more than 400,000 North Carolina jobs are tied to military installations and defense firms.

Eastern North Carolina's Marine installations include Camp Lejeune, New River Air Station, and Cherry Point , the Army's Fort Bragg, Seymour Johnson and Pope Air Force Bases, and several Coast Guard stations.

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  • by Barney Location: Dale on Dec 2, 2010 at 08:39 AM
    Meaning no disrespect to those in my own or anyone else's family who have died in America's wars, it seems to me that there are a great many other fine qualities to honor with a sign in North Carolina than its 'military friendliness'. Is it a coincidence that the bankers are the ones to finance these signs? They are certainly the ones who profit from wars and the investment that goes along with them. I'm for removing the signs. War, per se, should never be glorified.
  • by Annonymous Military Dude on Nov 2, 2010 at 10:56 AM
    To: jennifer mcdermott tripp, my heart goes out to you. Yes your son is a hero. I didnt know him but he was one of my fellow brothers in arms and we will not forget the sacrifice he has made for our country. God Bless you and God Bless America.
  • by jennifer mcdermott tripp Location: chocowinity, nc on Nov 1, 2010 at 03:19 PM
    Reading "The Voice's" opinion hurts my heart. I lost my only son/child in Afghanistan on 9/11/08. I mourn my child who also happens to be a hero. It's not that I worship him...I love and miss heart and soul. He went over there terrified that this was going to happen to him...he was doing his duty as obligated to his country/our military. It's people like you that don't give a crap about people in general that need to be sent to these places, sacrifice the life you have here in the States, take a bath in what a donkey has taken a bath in, fight off scorpions, miniscule in comparison to leaving the land that you love and the family therein. I would give anything to have my 24 yr old son (22 when he was shot down in his barracks)...I would have gladly taken his place. He never grew up; never got married and had my heart aches beyond words. May God show his mercy on your heartless soul.
  • by Original C on Oct 30, 2010 at 04:27 AM
    ...And my last word on this, since there's really not much either of us can say on this topic we've not already said before: A hero is one who accomplishes something of noteworthiness at the risk of, or loss of, his own life. If our nation's freedom isn't noteworthy, nothing is. By that definition, all military folks are heroes indeed, no quotation marks needed...but once again, we agree to disagree. Enjoy your new surroundings.
  • by THE Voice on Oct 29, 2010 at 04:27 PM
    I'll let you know. Most days, I have better things to do with my time than to mourn a "hero".
  • by Original C on Oct 29, 2010 at 11:29 AM
    Voice: If that is indeed true, then you are not only hopelessly pacifistic, but also heartlessly cruel. However, let me know if you ever decide to actually show up at a military funeral and do such a thing. I will be most interested to attend and observe what happens when the comrades of the deceased find out what you've done.
  • by THE Voice on Oct 28, 2010 at 07:54 PM
    Actually, C, yes I would. Without hesitation.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2010 at 12:32 PM
    I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. - John Adams
  • by Original C on Oct 28, 2010 at 01:14 AM
    Voice: I'd say that the ACLU has done as much to damage this country as our military has done to protect it..on the other hand, given your anti-America views, I'd imagine that's exactly why you like them. Anyhow: Yes, the law still stands, but you can't ignore the fact that it must be, and is, protected and upheld by our military and police. There's just no getting around it. As I've stated so many times before, nobody bows down to or worships the military. Folks like me simply appreciate what they do, and have done, for us all. There is a HUGE difference. It really comes down to just plain old gratitude. Our nation is free, but the freedom comes with a high price: The blood of those who would defend it. "Some gave all" may be a cliche to you, but would you say that to the widow of a Marine killed in Iraq? Would you say it to his now fatherless children? To his parents? Would you walk up to such a family during his funeral and say "He was no hero"? I await your response.
  • by The Voice Location: Europe in '11 on Oct 27, 2010 at 06:31 PM
    Just waiting for a passport, C. Can't wait. Actually, I'm talking about the ACLU.
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