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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Memorial Day 2010 – 1944

Remembering Back 1944

“As I walked thru the many white crosses with a dog tag attached I will always think of two of these crosses. Winston Pace-a close buddy I run around with. Gomer Scott an old class buddy from the Beaverdam School. These two crosses stood out above all the thousands I saw as I passed by. Both killed on D-Day in France, my age-a few years before the age of 20. There were many more in the following years but only these two still stay with me after all these years. To them on this day I say a prayer. Thanks Winston-Thanks Gomer, you paid a price for this freedom I enjoy.”

Charles Fletcher, WWII Veteran



p.s. Charles was born and raised in the Canton, NC area.

Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    Miss Cindy
    May 31, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Hurts my heart, Tipper, there is bound to be a better way t live than killing each other.

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    May 31, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Nice trubute!
    The veterans can never be repaid and a Thank You just doesn’t seem enough.

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    Suzi Phillips
    May 30, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Very meaningful Memorial Day series. My Dad was a very proud WWII veteran & is buried in the National Cemetary at Chattanooga,TN. His generation is called our greatest, but I believe every generation that answers the call to serve and sacrifice deserves that title. God bless them all.

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    kenneth o. hoffman
    May 30, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Tipper: the year 1944,will always be a sad time in my life, as my uncle Thomas James Cantlin,gave his life for his country. it was some 50 miles from Kunming China, while parachuting from a burning b24 bomber,something went terrible wrong he was killed 1 day before his 25th birthday. the old man in his crew.we last saw him exactly 1mo.before that fateful day. by for now. k.o.h

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    rudy frias
    May 30, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    hey tipper it is amazing to see all these old vets walk among us and no no knows who they are. they are proud men and women who served never thinking about themselves. country always came first and yet they come home never asking for any favors from anyone.

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    Rose C.
    May 30, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    This is the day to thank them all for the price they paid for our freedom!

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    My Carolina Kitchen
    May 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Memorial day is a time to remember those who served and to realize that freedom is not free.

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    May 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    love the song about two soldiers. beautiful

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    Sue Crane
    May 30, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    we owe so much to so many brave, unassuming patriots and I, for one, am proud of my families contributions. Peace and God’s Blessings on this day of remembrance and honor.

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    May 30, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Thank you for the brief statement
    by Charles Fletcher. I always enjoy the deep feelings of what he
    has to say. He is a Great American
    and from the era of the Greatest
    Generation like your Pap. Thank you all for your Service to help make America our home…Ken

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    May 30, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Thank you.

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