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Hands held high for veterans

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The first State Park dedicated to military veterans is almost complete. The Fayetteville park will house a memorial made of bronze hand-casts from five veterans and veteran supporters from each county in North Carolina.

Among those chosen in New Hanover County is Pearl McQueen, widow of William H. McQueen, a highly decorated, Army Vietnam veteran who received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Silver Star and combat-wounded medals.

Pearl is honored to be a part of the memorial and said it brings back wonderful memories. “He was the type of person to keep everyone laughing. Just brightened up every body's day. Never said a harsh word about anyone. Never tried to harm anyone. He was always there, and no matter how bad he may have been feeling during the day, his spirits were always lifted at the most high.”

Their granddaughter, Ariyah Humphrey is part of the memorial too.
The 18.3-acre park near the Airborne and Special Forces Museum is scheduled to open July 4th.

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