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I recommend that you check out Shawn Rocco's photo gallery on today's Honor Flight of local vets to DC to see the World War II Memorial.  My favorite is the one shown here of Raymond Sugg being hugged by a TSA agent at RDU before the flight left for Washington.

I relate to this because the photo of Sugg reminded me of my late father, who I wish I had taken to the memorial. My father was a World War II veteran.  He enlisted out of the University of New Hampshire in 1942 when he was 18, then spent the next three years with a mobile unit in China, Burma and India, intercepting Japanese radio transmissions. 

I grew up watching Hollywood actors in their 30's fighting celluloid Germans and Japanese in movies. The reality is that the many of the soldiers were teenagers like my dad who wanted nothing more than to finish the job and get the heck home to high school sweethearts like my mom.

It is terrific that organizations like Triangle Flight of Honor are giving World War II veterans this big thank-you, and showing them that 65-plus years later, their service has not been forgotten.

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Dan Barkin, a senior editor, is a veteran of more than three decades in journalism and came to the N&O in 1996 as business editor. He holds a bachelor's in business administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland. He and his wife live in Clayton with their two cats.