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Veterans Day Honored

The NC State community will celebrate Veterans Day next Wednesday with a trio of events in conjunction with Raleigh’s sister city of Compeigne, France, the site of the signing of the Armistice to end the Great War on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1917.

All three events are free and open to the public.

Annual Armistice/Veterans Day Run

The 5K run is sponsored by the ROTC units at NC State and starts with an assembly of runners at 5:45 a.m. on Pullen Drive, adjacent to the Belltower, the university’s memorial to those who died in France during the war. The run will conclude at the Belltower at 7 a.m. Those who do not wish to run are invited to attend the sunrise ceremony at 7 a.m. that will include the presentation of a floral tribute from the citizens of Compiegne, France, to the citizens of Raleigh.

Remarks will be presented by Gen. Bolger, Ret. U.S. Army.

Tree Planting at Compiegne Park

At 11 a.m., there will be a dedication of a tree recently planted in Compiegne Park (just off Hillsborough Street, behind Chipotle’s and Bruegger’s). The tree has been sponsored by the Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation, which recently adopted the Park, and will assist in the park’s maintenance and improvement.

Great Franco-American Wine Challenge

The new Aloft Hotel, located across from the Belltower, will host a wine tasting at 6:00 p.m. The grand opening of the Aloft will be the following day so this is a chance for a “sneak peek” of the hotel and its amazing collection of local art, including a spectacular piece of public art by Raleigh’s own Thomas Sayre.

This is a ticketed event, so RSVP to Tickets are available for $30 per person and entitle you to participate in a blind tasting of three French and three American wines. Participants will be asked to rate each wine and at 7:30 p.m. the wines will be revealed and the winners announced. All funds raised will be used to support the Raleigh Sister City student and cultural exchange programs.

Free parking is available on Hillsborough Street or valet parking is available at the door of the hotel for $6.

For more information, call  919-828-2276.