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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Seven decades after entering World War II, the Battleship North Carolina has earned another honor. Last night the North Carolina Travel Industry Association honored the Battleship as its 2011 Attraction of the Year.

The purpose of the annual award is to recognize a North Carolina visitor attraction that exemplifies excellence, innovation and sets the standard for an exceptional visitor experience. Past recipients of NCTIA’s Attraction of the Year award are: Grandfather Mountain (2010), Chimney Rock Park (2009), Blue Ridge Parkway (2008), and the North Carolina Museum of Art (2007).

The Battleship, which serves as North Carolina’s World War II Memorial, celebrates its 50th anniversary in Wilmington October 2.

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