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    What's your big idea for Dix Park?

      As the City of Raleigh finalizes the purchase of the Dorothea Dix property and gets one step closer to having a large park downtown, I can’t help but start dreaming about what that park could be. Should we have soccer and ultimate frisbee fields? Remote-controlled airplane races? A giant ferris wheel?
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    A Day at the Beach?

    Many of us will spend this Memorial Day on a beach. Collecting shells, throwing a football or just laying around getting a tan. We are able to enjoy our day at the beach because 71 years ago, Allied forces had a very different experience on the beaches of Normandy. My grandfather Richard Gaylord was among the troops in that invading force. As an artillery spotter, he hit the coast of France four days after D-Day to find the enemy tanks and Howitzers that were still pounding the Allied liberation force. He was able to help destroy enemy gun positions, but saw his college roommate killed in the process. 
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