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Two years after United States troops were pulled from Vietnam, the war, which spanned nearly two decades finally ended on April 30, 1975. With more than a million casualties and another 600,000 wounded, the war has earned a place as one of the most controversial events in the world's history.

After more than 10 years of U.S. involvement, in the late 1960s, the American population became more and more opposed to the war, leading to anti-war protests in the states. For veterans returning home from battle, that meant the warm homecoming and welcoming feeling they had longed for while braving the elements in Vietnam and carrying out the orders they were given, was anything but a guarantee.

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It was standing room only in American Legion Post 108 on Saturday, as veterans and community members alike packed the house to honor 11 men and women and even a pup, who have served in the United States military.

For the third consecutive year, veterans participating in the Warrior Hike along the Appalachian Trail made a stop in Franklin and were greeted with open arms. After dinner and fellowship on Friday night, the group of hiking veterans made their way on Saturday to American Legion Post 108 to receive “Quilts of Valor” from the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild.

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With more speed than the cars on the track in Martinsville on Sunday, children in Macon County raced toward eggs scattered around the county recreation park on Saturday morning.

Not phased by the chilly temperatures, children off all ages raced around the park scooping up eggs filled with candy and prizes from the Fun Factory.

Photos by Vickie Carpenter

 

 

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For the month of April, the Jackson County Library will host three events as part of the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poetry Series. The series was created as a result of past N.C. Poet Laureate, Fred Chappell, who encouraged the N.C. Poetry Society in 2003 to create such a program to foster the reading, writing, and enjoyment of poetry across the state. Join current Distinguished Poet for the western part of North Carolina, Brent Martin, with three of his student poets to hear them and other guest poets present their current work. The series begins on April 2 at 6:30 with student poet, Tyler Auffhammer, with subsequent readings on April 23 and April 30. The April 23 and 30 readings will be with student poets, Alison Howe, and Mary Christensen, respectively.

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