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City of Greenville and ECU celebrate Veterans Day

By Amanda Brannon
Published On: Nov 11 2013 06:39:45 PM CST
GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

11 o'clock in the morning on the 11th day of the 11th month is the traditional time to honor veterans.

That's when the City of Greenville held their event in the Town Commons Park.

Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War were all there to mark the celebration.

Wreaths were laid down to honor the veterans at the memorial monument in the park.

Later in the day, ECU held a ceremony where 37 new brick pavers were added to the memorial located next to Christenbury gymnasium.

"It makes you appreciate the fact that someone cares enough to think about what you've done and how you've served the country,” ECU graduate and Gulf War veteran Colonel Elbert Buck said.

Buck was on hand for the placement of his paver that his family purchased to honor him.

“I know how hard he worked in the military and it was good to help and be involved in that,” Buck’s granddaughter, Ashton Kern said.

The pavers honor veterans no longer with us as well.

Major James Davenport Jr. of the U.S. Army passed away in 2003.

His wife, Edith, had a brick placed in his name.

“It's just an honor to be able to memorialize a person who was so diligently serving in his capacity,” she said.