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Courage, honored

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on October 2, 2009 1:46 PM

News-Argus Video Report

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News-Argus/MITCH LOEBER

Beverly Carroll shares a dance with Walt Davis, who made the trip from Greenville to attend the Blue Ribbon Jam Thursday evening. The Goldsboro Police Department estimated more than 1,000 people showed up at the event to honor two 4th Fighter Wing officers who died July 18 when their F-15E Strike Eagle crashed in Afghanistan.

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Lt. Col. Neil Allen, 336th Fighter Squadron commander, speaks to the crowd at the Blue Ribbon Jam.

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Goldsboro Mayor Al King, left, presents a $5,000 check to Hal Tanner III, Goldsboro News-Argus general manager, during the Blue Ribbon Jam Thursday.

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News-Argus/GREG SOUSA

Madeline Edwards, 14, evoked tears from many in the crowd when she sang the national anthem. Some called it the best live performance of the song they had ever heard.

An outpouring of love. That is how 4th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Mark Kelly described the aftermath of the F-15E crash that claimed the lives of two of his airmen in Afghanistan July 18. "So proud" -- how Goldsboro...

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