Up & Coming Weekly

May 28, 2019

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MAY 29-JUNE 4, 2019 UCW 19 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM DAN DEBRULER, Gen- eral Manager, WCLN. COM- MENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200. OPINION I recently stood amid hundreds of American flags placed in memory of men and women who answered the call to serve this nation. I made my way over to a man in a Rolling Thunder vest and asked for his thoughts on the importance of the local display known as the Field of Honor. "They say everyone dies twice. Once when we die physically," he said, "and again when people stop talking about you." My dad didn't talk about his military service very much. In the summer of 1941, he lied about his age to join the U.S. Navy without his parents' permis- sion before his 18th birthday. The Second World War was just getting started in the Pacific and, like many other American boys, he was anxious to do his part. Classified as a phar- macist's mate, much of his 16 years of service were spent as a more necessary combat medic with the Marines. Much of what I learned, I gathered from a friend my dad served with, Henry Hornak. We had visited Hank and his wife, Dottie, in West Virginia when I was in my teens, and I had called him years later to hopefully fill in some blanks after my dad's passing in 1981. "Your dad saw some awful things in the war," he told me. "Most of his memories probably weren't good ones. I'm glad to share some of those that were." We just celebrated Memorial Day in the United States. The holiday is often regarded as the beginning of summer more than a time to remem- ber those who stood in the gap for the oppressed across the globe. My thoughts wander to people like my father, to the courageous stand they took and the friends they left behind. He would go on to lose his first son to the war in Vietnam, a kid whose name I have photographed or rubbed off the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on more than one occasion, but whose face I can't recall at all. The Airborne & Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville is a great place to remember. And it's a fitting place for conversations with others who remember. The adjacent North Carolina Veterans Park and nearby memorials afford visitors many spots to pause and reflect, and whether or not you or your family is represented in any of the impressive displays, a visit will surely stir a sense of pride and awe for the collective good some of America's most honor- able men and women have accom- plished on our behalf. The Field of Honor is a good place to start. The moving and colorful display will be in place until June 27. You can sponsor a flag in honor or memory of someone you know and love by visiting the ASOM gift shop or the website, www.asomf.org. Flags are folded and offered to their spon- sors concluding the display and can serve as a fitting tribute in the home of America's finest families. The Field of Honor is on display in front of the Airborne & Special Operations Museum through June 27. You can purchase a flag honoring a loved one by visiting the ASOM gift shop or the website, www.asomf.org. Photo credit: VisitFayettevilleNC.com JUNE 2 6-9PM Open Mike JAM Session w/Bob Steele No Cover Charge MAY 31 • 7 PM Karaoke with Randita No Cover Charge 8 PM RIVERMIST $5 Cover Charge Live Music sponsored by JUNE 1 719 Starling St. | Fayetteville, NC 28303 | 910.779-2898 | www.paulsplacenc.com THE CROWN COMPLEX 1960 Coliseum Dr. • 910-438-4100 www.crowncomplexnc.com June 15 Ladies Night Out tour July 13 Glenn Miller Orchestra THE DRUNK HORSE PUB 106 S Eastern Blvd. • 910-835-8347 May 29 Doll Skin June 8 Carousel Kings, Good With Anything June 12 Prison THE TAPHOUSE AT HUSKE 411 Hay St. • 910-426-5650 May 31 Jeremy Strothers June 1 Python PAUL'S PLACE 719 Starling St. • 910-779-2898 www.paulsplacenc.com June 1 Rivermist June 2 Open Mike Jam with Bob Steele LUIGI'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 528 N McPherson Church Rd. • 910-864-1810• www.luigisnc.com June 1 Pete Everette & The Total Package June 7 Quilted Sky PADDY'S IRISH PUB 2606 Raeford Rd • 910-568-5654 May 30 Love Butter MUSIC Honoring our memories by DAN DEBRULER

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