- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Some of North Carolina’s living World War II service members have been honored for their service and courage by the General Assembly.

Nearly 40 veterans visiting the legislature Tuesday were celebrated in a resolution approved by the Senate and House that also recalled those who died in the war. The veterans arrived at the Legislative Building on a bus escorted by Highway Patrol motorcyclists. Bagpipes played and hundreds of well-wishers applauded as the veterans walked into the building.

Rep. Craig Horn of Union County praised the veterans for their sacrifice and giving “the world hope in its darkest hour.”

Retired Col. Durwood Williams was a fighter pilot in the Pacific. He says war colleagues “answered to a higher call and defended the freedom that we enjoy today.”

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