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Veterans Day was a day to remember

Bob Helmlinger, who served in the Army, received a Quilt of Valor at the Kraft Family YMCA Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11, 2014. Five veterans received the quilts.
Bob Helmlinger, who served in the Army, received a Quilt of Valor at the Kraft Family YMCA Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11, 2014. Five veterans received the quilts. CONTRIBUTED

Throughout the region, young and old commemorated Veterans Day in a variety of ways.

Boy Scout Troop 320 cleaned the yard of an 80-year-old Korean War veteran in Fuquay-Varina.

Cary Academy students didn’t have too far to go to recognize the solemnity of the day. They walked across Harrison Avenue to the Cary Veterans Freedom Monument across from the school. Ryan Scott played taps while Student Leadership President Jordan Burkey and Vice President Lyndon Wood laid a wreath at the memorial. Later that day, students met with local veterans from current and former conflicts.

Meanwhile, more than 200 people gathered at the Kraft Family YMCA in Apex. Col. Harold Shook, who retired from the Air Force and flew missions in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, was the keynote speaker. Quilts of Valor were presented to veterans from all branches of the military.

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