Cary Pilot Gets a Ride on Cessna’s “American Patriot” Jet

Ernie Capone (at left) shows some visitors the American Patriot Mustang

Story by Lindsey Chester. Photos courtesy of Barbara and Ernie Capone.

Cary, NC- My friend Ernie Capone alerted me about a ride he got in a special plane last week: Cessna’s “American Patriot” jet plane making an appearance at RDU airport. Read more

Colonel Hal Shook Receives French Legion of Honor at State Capital

Story and photos by Hal Goodtree.

Raleigh, NC – “France is what it is today – sovereign and free – because of the bravery of these men,” said Pascal Le Deunff, Consul General of France, to a crowd of about 200 at the State Capital in Raleigh today.  Read more

Cary Veteran Awarded French Legion of Honor

Story from staff reports. Photo of Col. Shook by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – “Dear Mr. Shook,” the letter begins, “I am pleased to inform you that by decree of President Sarkozy, you have been appointed a “Chevalier” of the Legion of Honor.” Read more

Events: Wreaths Across America on Dec 10

Story from staff reports. Above, recent Yates Mill D.A.R. luncheon at Page-Walker.

Cary, NC – The Yates Mill Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) hosts a Wreaths Across America ceremony at noon, Saturday, Dec. 10, at Hillcrest Cemetery (off Page Street) in Cary. Attending will be Bianca Strzalkowski of Fuquay-Varina, the 2011 Military Spouse of the Year (named by Military Spouse magazine) with a color guard of U.S. Naval Cadets. Read more

Reflections on Veterans Day

Guest post for CaryCitizen by Senator Wesley Meredith. He serves in the North Carolina Senate representing District 19, Bladen and Cumberland counties. Senator Smith is also a veteran of the 82nd Airborne, 307th Corps of Engineers. Photo of NC Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Today, we honor the bravest men and women our county has ever known: our veterans.  Life in the military is not an easy one. Milestones big and small are missed. From the first words and the home run hit, to birthdays and graduations; these are moments that can never be recreated.  Read more

Jeep Tour Raises over $1.35 Million


This refurbished 1952 Jeep has traveled to 75 cities to raise over $1.35 Million for USO

photos and story by Lindsey Chester

The “Salute Our Troops” Jeep Tour

With temps soaring to 100 on Wednesday, a crowd gathered to  “Salute Our Troops” at the Davis Drive Kangaroo gas station in Morrisville. Read more

Events: Remembrance on Memorial Day 2011

Story and photo by Brennin Cummings.

Cary, NC – Growing up, Memorial Day meant a lot of things to me – the end of the school year, beautiful weather, and my family’s annual Memorial Day party. However, it also meant playing my trumpet at memorial services for veterans around my hometown. Read more

Packages for Afghanistan

Story by Matt Young. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army.

Cary, NC – To honor Memorial Day and the service of men and women in uniform, Cary Academy recently conducted a care package drive for soldiers in Afghanistan. Read more