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Garinger High honors Vietnam sacrifice

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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Kathy Harris (left) came with her husband Rick Harris (center), a 1963 graduate of Garinger High School to the school's dedication of a memorial to former students who died in Vietnam. Garinger High School held a dedication ceremony Friday August 8, 2014 for a memorial to 15 former students who died in Vietnam. They're expecting 100-200 people, with a military band coming from Ft. Bragg and school officials. The monument represents an opportunity to honor Garinger's history, alumni say, a way to guarantee that the sacrifices of former students are not forgotten. Fifteen scholarship funds for Garinger's graduating seniors were established this year, one in honor of each of the fallen students.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    The crowd more than filled the seats provided for Garinger High School's dedication of a memorial to former students who died serving their country in Vietnam. Garinger High School held a dedication ceremony Friday August 8, 2014 for a memorial to 15 former students who died in Vietnam. They're expecting 100-200 people, with a military band coming from Ft. Bragg and school officials. The monument represents an opportunity to honor Garinger's history, alumni say, a way to guarantee that the sacrifices of former students are not forgotten. Fifteen scholarship funds for Garinger's graduating seniors were established this year, one in honor of each of the fallen students.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Garinger High School held a dedication ceremony Friday August 8, 2014 for a memorial to 15 former students who died in Vietnam. They're expecting 100-200 people, with a military band coming from Ft. Bragg and school officials. The monument represents an opportunity to honor Garinger's history, alumni say, a way to guarantee that the sacrifices of former students are not forgotten. Fifteen scholarship funds for Garinger's graduating seniors were established this year, one in honor of each of the fallen students.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Don Mullis read the name of each Garinger High School graduate killed in Vietnam. Garinger High School held a dedication ceremony Friday August 8, 2014 for a memorial to 15 former students who died in Vietnam. They're expecting 100-200 people, with a military band coming from Ft. Bragg and school officials. The monument represents an opportunity to honor Garinger's history, alumni say, a way to guarantee that the sacrifices of former students are not forgotten. Fifteen scholarship funds for Garinger's graduating seniors were established this year, one in honor of each of the fallen students.
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    John D. Simmons - jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
    Ron Tucker, who as master of ceremonies asked the crowd to excuse him if he cried during the event did just that as a song about Vietnam veterans was sung Friday. Garinger High School held a dedication ceremony Friday August 8, 2014 for a memorial to 15 former students who died in Vietnam. They're expecting 100-200 people, with a military band coming from Ft. Bragg and school officials. The monument represents an opportunity to honor Garinger's history, alumni say, a way to guarantee that the sacrifices of former students are not forgotten. Fifteen scholarship funds for Garinger's graduating seniors were established this year, one in honor of each of the fallen students.

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More than 100 people gathered at Garinger High School Friday afternoon for the dedication of a memorial to former students who died in the Vietnam War.

The ceremony was standing-room only, with dozens of Garinger alumni and friends and family of the fallen soldiers present. The 82nd Airborne Division’s band traveled from Fort Bragg to play at the ceremony.

Stories were told about each of the 15 men identified on the monument, with family members sharing memories of the soldiers more than 45 years after they died. Emma Baccellieri

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