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It’s Veterans Day, and there are a number of events going on in the Triangle honoring our servicemen. Earlier today, NC State celebrated Veterans with a 5k run and ceremony at the Bell Tower. UNC Chapel Hill is next, with events at 11:11 and 12:15.

Take a look a events going on honoring our Veterans below:

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.

Ceremonies are being held across the state Wednesday in honor of Veterans Day.

The observances kicked off at the North Carolina State University Bell Tower before sunrise as students and visitors gathered for a special ceremony and a run honoring service members.

The events began Tuesday night as two cadets in ROTC branches of Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings stood guard at the Memorial Bell Tower from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Wednesday, as a way of saying thank you to veterans and to POWs and those MIA from all wars.

The Bell Tower was originally built to serve as a memorial to NC State alumni who were killed during World War I.

Following the vigil, a Veterans Day 5K run kicked off around campus before a Veterans Day ceremony at 6:30 a.m.

The events were just some of many ceremonies scheduled in and around the Triangle Wednesday.

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, there will be two ceremonies this Veterans Day.

The University’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) will host a ceremony at 11:11 a.m. to honor members of the armed services and veterans.

Immediately following the ceremony at the Carolina Alumni Memorial, the university will host its second annual Tar Heel Tribute program at 12:15 p.m. in Alumni Hall at The Carolina Club.

In Fayetteville, Fayetteville Technical Community College’s (FTCC) All American Veterans Center is inviting the public to participate in a Veterans Day observance program to honor, celebrate, and thank our military veterans. The Veterans Day Observance program is at 11 a.m. at the student gazebo near the Tony Rand Student Center.

In recognition of the sacrifices made and service given by veterans, the Durham County Veterans Services Office is hosting a celebration of service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the County Health and Human Services Building on Main Street.

Harnett County is also holding a series of Veterans Day events on Wednesday. The Harnett County Veterans Day Commemoration will include a Veterans Day ceremony and parade in Lillington, as well as a memorial service and burial of the remains of Staff Sgt. Donald D. Stewart of Coats, who was killed in action in the Vietnam War.

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