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Across the country, Americans proudly stand up to recognize and honor the men and women who have selflessly dedicated their lives to serving the nation. Last Wednesday in Macon County, local and state officials, joined by an enormous crowd of veterans and community members gathered on town square to honor two Macon County men who not only risked their lives for their country, but who also were Prisoners of War (POWs) during the Vietnam war.

"It was so humbling to be standing there next to Nat Henry and Dr. McNish," said Commissioner Chair Kevin Corbin. "Both of those men are true American heroes in every sense of the word."

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Hundreds of veterans from all over Western North Carolina rode into Franklin Tuesday afternoon on their bikes to join in a motorcade escort for the Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall Memorial to Cherokee, N.C.

With American flags blowing in the wind, and citizens lining the highway to see the wall off, the Macon County Sheriff's Office escorted the motorcycles from the Macon County Fair Grounds.

By bringing The Wall home to communities throughout the country, people are able to visit the Memorial that might otherwise not be given the chance.

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The local chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution organized a bell ringing to commemorate Constitution Day. The Franklin Fire Department was able to participate in the bell ringing having just acquired a bell that was once a part of the FFD fleet.

Randolph Bulgin brought the bell to Franklin Fire about three weeks ago and presented it to the fire department on behalf of his father. The bell was believed to have been used on a fire truck as early as 1915. He later mounted it on the 1937 fire truck.

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The Franklin Auction Company, owned by Greg Vernelson, held its first annual Wounded Warriors Benefit Auction, Tuesday evening Sept. 25, in their building located at 113 Bowling Lane in Franklin.

Donations were given by individuals and businesses from Franklin and the surrounding areas.

Around 200 people attended and all together $7,809 was raised, with 100 percent of the funds being donated to the Wounded Warriors Project.

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