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Archive for May, 2012

New Hanover News & Notes – National Trails Day; Stormfest; boating class

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

National Trails Day is June 2.

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Emotions deep as vets honored aboard Battleship North Carolina

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Leaning over the railing of the ramp to the Battleship North Carolina, Anne Scott clutched a handful of miniature American flags, offering them one by one to the people filing onto the ship.

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Lost service members honored on Battleship

Monday, May 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was a day of remembrance for those we have loved and lost in our armed services.

“What we’re doing is recognizing the people that we love,” said Marine Corps veteran Jay Sparks. >

People, both young and old, packed the Battleship North Carolina this Memorial Day to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.

“It means to celebrate everyone who died to pay the price,” said 8-year-old Connor Sneed.

Those who came to the service say you can always cook out but celebrating the holiday on a place where many lost their lives is a more suiting tribute.

“They need to see the people that have been there and done that,” said Sparks. “They can see the places where people died. The impact is so much greater.”

Folks say it’s simple – those who are risking their lives and who have paid the ultimate sacrifice deserve our gratitude and appreciation.

“Thank you all that served out there,” said Sneed. “Thank you a lot.”

Veterans from all arms of service who attended the ceremony were honored with their branch’s anthem and received rounds of applause from the crowd.

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Folks say they’d rather be safe than sorry when it comes to rip currents

Monday, May 28th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — In Carolina Beach, summer is here and many people are making their way to the beach. But some folks say the threat of rip currents is keeping them from getting in the water.

It was a busy day on Carolina Beach Monday as many people decided to spend their Memorial Day having fun in the sun.

Beachgoers were weary of the surf though with the threat of dangerous rip currents in the area. Some people chose to sit closer to lifeguard stands for safety.

“I don’t know how many lifeguards are out here I guess there are few and far in between so the best thing would be to be by a lifeguard,” beach goer Gina Tildsley.

The swimming danger was reduced Monday to yellow unlike the double red flag that meant no swimming this weekend.

“In a no swimming situation, we are as proactive as we can be to keep people out of the water,” Simon Sanders of Ocean Patrol. “Keep them safe.”

Lifeguards and ocean patrol say if you find yourself in a scary situation, the best thing to do is relax.

“If you find yourself in a rip current the biggest thing is to stay calm and swim parallel to the beach,” Sanders said. “They don’t usually last that long and you will find yourself by a sandbar.”

Many people we spoke with say they decided to stay out of the water this weekend because they would rather be safe than sorry.

Carolina Beach Ocean Patrol says they had about 20 saves this weekend and they expect the number to increase quickly since Beryl is stirring up some rough seas off the coast.

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The bell tolls for Wilmington service people not coming home

Monday, May 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) The true meaning of Memorial Day was felt at the Wilmington National Cemetery Monday morning, where veterans gathered with local citizens to pay their respects to the growing number of service people who will not be coming home.

The National Anthem sounds more sentimental. The colors of our flag more vivid this Memorial Day at the National Cemetery here in Wilmington.

Mayor Saffo commemorated the day.

“As we honor their memory today let us pledge that their sacrifices, that their lives, their courage shall be remembered for as long as god gives life.”

It is in the faces and the words of veterans, those who served that we remember those who went into service and did not return. Bill Ebersbach is proud to have served as a marine.

“To gather the forces again to show our respect, every stone that’s out there today every flag that’s out there represents somebody who gave up their tomorrow so that you and I could be here today.”

A tolling of the bell ceremony read aloud the names of 648 local veterans who passed away since last Memorial Day.

Michael McCartney reminds us that we still have men and women fighting for our country and that the challenges they face today have not gotten easier.

“Over the years I saw friends go off to Vietnam and was fortunate that I was not assigned to go, but they had a very rough time when they came back, they had a rough time adjusting. I can imagine what’s going on with the veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan and I hope their county fully supports them.”

Veterans stood among five thousand flags that were placed in the cemetery by local boy scouts.
In Wilmington we remember.

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