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Cary Vietnam veteran gets new flagpole, honored for his service

Cary native honored for his service Sunday

Cary native and Vietnam veteran Dennis Turskey got a brand new flagpole Sunday afternoon.
Cary native and Vietnam veteran Dennis Turskey got a brand new flagpole Sunday afternoon.

Cary native and Vietnam veteran Dennis Turskey got a brand-new flagpole and was honored for his service in the Army from 1963 to 1965 Sunday afternoon.

“It’s neat,” Turskey, 77, said. “The country’s important to me. I think everybody should be patriotic in a way.”

Turskey was honored by the Veterans Network Committee, the local organization that honors area veterans for their sacrifices.

His wife, Virginia Turskey, called the event “a huge honor.”

“It’s really special,” said Virginia Turskey, flanked by family, neighbors and friends.

Randy Granath, a Vietnam veteran and president of the Veterans Network Committee, helped organize the event with Home Depot, which helped fund the effort to put 21-foot flagpoles in local veterans’ yards.

“It shows the pride for our country,” Granath said before the flag-raising ceremony. “We need to show patriotism throughout the country. So many times on Memorial Day and Flag Day, you don’t see them up anymore. People tend to forget.”

Granath and local Sea Cadets raised flags at two Cary homes and at two Crystal Lake homes Sunday. Each ceremony included patriotic music.

“It doesn’t cost the veteran anything,” Granath said. “We raise the money and people want to help support us.”

The Crystal Lake Home Depot paid for flagpoles and new flags with a company grant.

“We want to do what we can for the veterans,” Granath said.

Claire Johnson, associate support department supervisor with Home Depot, applied for the more than $3,000 grant through the Team Depot Foundation.

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