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Wilson Times (Newspaper) - May 25, 2015, Wilson, North Carolina My pm 2 ans ii Mimori Al Day Obs Revfi / Pace 3a Darden alumni keep legacy alive by Janet Conner Knox times staff writer from 1930 until the late 1900s, if you were african american and in High school in Wilson you attended Charles h. Darden High school. Hundreds of Darden graduates who live near and far came together this weekend in Wilson for the 2015 annual reunion weekend and awards goal is to keep the 40-year legacy alive. All of the events this weekend were held at the Darden alumni Center on Lipscomb Road. This weekend was Busy As alumni attended dances and banquets gave awards reunited with friends and awarded nine scholarships to local High school students who plan to go to a historically Black College or University a Blu. Graduates of the school talk proudly about the importance of Darden High school to the Wilson Community. They also remember when the school was the Only place an african american in Wilson could get a High school education. Alumni of Darden remember Counselor coming to the school in the late 1960s to let students know they could attend Fike High school As schools were Darden some students did choose to leave. But most like James Phelps stayed at their Home school. Phelps graduated in 1968. A it was a matter of Pride for me a Phelps said. A Darden was a great school. I wanted to remain a Trojan and graduate a Phelps said although the b k is were hand me Downs the teachers really cared about the students and they excelled in spite of the Many barriers. A they encouraged you to study a Phelps said. A we got our work done. We wanted to do the Best that we could too. It was just a different Era a different Phelps said while he see Darden Page 4a Eddie Price has dedicated his life to serving his country in the Battlefield and at Home. In his younger years he served in world War la As an infantryman. After returning to Wilson county he sold and repaired office machines before retiring at the age of to. What he is most known for is his 32 years of organizing memorial Day and veterans Day services at the Wilson county courthouse every year. A it seems like i be been doing it forever a Price said. A a thirty two years it s Over a third of my life. I enjoy it. In be gotten a lot of Joy out of Price who is 90, is considering stepping Down after today a memorial Day program due to health concerns from a More recent diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A a in a thinking this might be my last year doing it a he said. A a in be gotten to the age i feel like i be done it As Long As i can do the Start of the annual observances started in 1983 after former mayor Ralph Elramey and councilman Ashton Wiggs asked Price to Start a patriotism committee for the City. At the time it was called the mayors committee on the Observance of patriotic holidays. Price still has the Handwritten minutes of the first meeting from january 1983. The goal of the committee now the Wilson committee on patriotism was to restore patriotism and a sense of Pride to the Community. Price was also asked to put together Community events on patriotic Holiday s. The programs during memorial Day and vet world War la Veteran Eddie Price is longtime chairman of the City of Wilson patriotism committee. Gray Whitley j Rijmes file photo Eranus Day Are similar but there a a reason Price has dedicated his life to making sure the programs Are offered in Wilson it All stems Back to the War. When other infantrymen died to protect his life Price Felt obligated to Honor their sacrifices As Well As the sacrifices of All military men and women. A i was a combat infantry Veteran in Normandy France and other veterans died to protect my life a Price said. A some of my friends died. They were protecting me. In be always Felt because i lived through it i Felt a responsibility to Honor them As Long As i was Able to. That a the least that i can do. A it s just something i feel is my obligation. I accepted that Price has also made a Mark in other areas As the founder of the disabled american veterans transportation program in Wilson. He initially drove vet Erans to the a Hospital in Durham and later raised Money to buy a Dav Van. He drove veterans for in years and spent More than 20, my hours behind the wheel a Benchmark that led to one of the highest Volunteer recognitions from the department of veterans affairs. The a presented Price with the James e. Parke achievement award. The award came around the same time Price Learned he was no longer Able to drive the Van after he did no to pass a testing standards for his eyes. A i still have my North Carolina Drivers License but they wont pass me on that a Price said. In the Community he remains involved with Veteran organizations. He is a 50-year member of american legion Post 13, a member of the local disabled american veterans chapter a member of the veterans of foreign wars a member of the Wilson committee on patriotism and a member of an Hon ors group of veterans the City patriotism committee like other City committees or boards has certain term limits. Price cycled off the committee years ago but after he left the group barely met for a year. He was asked by the mayor to go Back on the committee. When his second term limit was almost at an end see Price Page 2a lifetime of service world War ii Veteran Eddie Price dedicates life to veterans after watching sacrifices a a by Rochelle Moore times staff writer 4% a solar Energy growing Industry in state s sunny mjg a spotlight. His to 60 Iii

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