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Remembering those who ‘gave their lives that a nation might live’

Captain Bob Kuppers, USN (Ret.) delivered the keynote address at Macon County’s Memorial Day ceremony. He stressed the importance of “honoring those members of the armed forces who, in the words of Abraham Lincoln ‘gave their lives that the nation might live.’

“It is a time to reflect and remember,” he said. “The reason the holiday was created so that brave Americans who unselfishly sacrificed themselves for our way of life would never be forgotten. We should stop and remember; we must remind ourselves to pause and solemnly reflect on the sacrifices made by so many on our behalf.”


Relay for Life held its annual Survivor’s Dinner last Thursday at Cowee Baptist Church. The theme was “All I Want for Christmas is a Cure.”

Survivor Lori Impagliatelli offered words of encouragement and inspiration.

Michael Hastings provided musical accompaniment, Angie Tippett sang and author Brianna Teague read a poem.

Tammy Dills and Jean Crane, co-chairs, recognized survivors.

The 2014 Relay for Life is set for Friday, June 6, 6 p.m. to 12 midnight, at the Franklin High School track.


A “baby boomer’s” spine tingles and shivers with awe as the deep-throated rumble of a muscle car roars into life, bringing memories of the golden age of these great American high powered rockets of the road. Nostalgia draws throngs of enthusiasts to car shows, cruise-ins, and auctions featuring these remnants of the simpler, teenage and young adult years of a past generation.

All the cars have a story to tell, and a journey to recount bringing it to its present condition. Many such cars are around Western North Carolina and spectators gaze in appreciation as they are driven by.

Macon County native Doug Welch is one such owner of a classic automobile. His Bolero Red, 396 cubic inch, four-speed 1967 Camaro Sport Coupe is a power-house star. In 1967, General Motors rated this model at 375 horse power, but, more realistically, it is more in the 425-450 hp range.


North Carolina is home to six living CAP members.

This Memorial Day is special for a few living veterans who volunteered their lives during World War II. Legislation just passed last week in Congress honors Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) earliest members with the Congressional Gold Medal (CGM) in recognizing their contributions during World War II when many used their own aircraft to conduct volunteer combat operations and other emergency wartime missions under hazardous conditions.

The State of North Carolina who has six CGM recipients is second only to California (who has nine) in being home to the last living CAP veterans of World War II and what has come to be known as “the greatest generation.” These recipients and their fellow CAP comrades were pioneering members and ahead of their time in devoting themselves to serving their communities and their country as volunteers.


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published: 10/18/2013
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