Triangle pays tribute to veterans


It started early at North Carolina State University as members of the school's Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs stood outside the Memorial Bell Tower while a crowd gathered to honor our veterans.

Members of the university's ROTC units and baseball team also ran in the annual Veteran's Day run. Afterwards, a ceremony was held at the Bell Tower.

» Click here to see raw video from this year's Veteran's Day run «

World War II Veteran Jack McNaughton talked about the sacrifices made for freedom as his unit stormed Normandy Beach and Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane wore a jacket honoring her dad -- who also saw action at Normandy.

"I still have the letter he said he found the night before on his bunk, from General Eisenhower, saying we're invading Normandy tomorrow morning," she said.

Also in the Triangle, another group of veterans were honored at Lenovo in Morrisville.

Eight local wounded warriors, who received specially built and equipped homes from Operation Coming Home as thanks for their service, also received some gifts from the technology company.

Nathan Rimpf received a home in Raleigh last week. Before Monday's ceremony, he said he didn't know what Lenovo planned for him and the other Operation Coming Home participants either.

"We'll find out, and I'm sure it's going to blow minds," he said.

And it did.

"As a small token of our appreciation, becoming the IT sponsor for the Coming Home project, we wanted to give you some really cool technology," Lenovo's Vice President for North American Operations Tom Looney said.

Each home got the big screen tablet the Lenovo is marketing as an industry game changer -- the 27 inch screen can perform many functions, from work to play for families and friends who visit.

"So you'll be trained on the product, how to use it," Looney said. "The kids can play with it before you leave today, they can get real comfortable."

"This is just another show of support for the military from this amazing community," Rimpf said.

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