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  • 400th Anniversary Voyage from England to NC Action News 5 Newscast

    April 27, 1984 commemorated the 400th anniversary of the voyage from Plymouth, England to the shores of what is now is now North Carolina. Earlier in the day, WRAL aired the ceremonies LIVE via satellite from Plymouth, England. That broadcast can be viewed on this website.

    The anniversary celebration was the lead story on the 6 PM newscast. WRAL News anchor Charlie Gaddy reported LIVE from England. He is interviewed by WRAL News anchors Adele Arakawa and John Hudson.

  • Applications Now Being Accepted for 2017 WRAL Azalea Celebration

    The 32nd Annual WRAL Azalea Celebration is now accepting applications from non-profits for the 2017 plant giveaway.  Sponsored by WRAL-TV, MIX 101.5 WRAL-FM, FOX 50, WRAL.com and NC Beautiful, the Azalea Celebration promotes environmental education, beautification and stewardship by awarding
  • Travel Stories by Susan Dahlin featuring Paris and Normandy

    Susan Dahlin, best known for hosting WRAL PM Magazine and Evening Magazine, joined WRAL news as a travel reporter. Her adventures provided insights to many popular destinations worldwide.

    This video features three stories produced in Paris and one in Normandy, France. There are local connections to these stories!

    Circa 1988.

  • Action News 5 promo Meat Series (1977)

    This vintage Action News 5 promo from 1977 was produced in studio A at WRAL-TV. WRAL promo producer Tom Lawrence provided the “questioning voice.”

    “Meat: The Raw Facts” was a series of reports on the itegrity of meat served in local restaurants.

  • Stories of Honor documentary

    World War II: the defining moment of the 20th century. More than 16 million soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen served in the war, and more than 400,000 lost their lives. They have become known as the Greatest Generation for their service and their sacrifice. In 2004, a national memorial was dedicated on the mall in Washington D.C. in their honor.

    The Triangle Flight of Honor is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that is flying WWII veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial. While the organization serves veterans of all wars, special priority is being given to WWII veterans, because they are dying at a rate of 1,200 a day nationwide. Flights, ground transportation and personal assistance are offered free of charge to veterans who might not otherwise have the opportunity to see the memorial in their lifetime.

    WRAL News viewers raised $50,481 dollars to help fund the first flight on Oct. 7, 2010.

    “Stories of Honor” is a half-hour documentary profiling three veterans who made the flight. They are:
    Derwood Copeland, a B-17 pilot who was shot down over France and spent nearly two years in a German POW camp. Hugh Shearin, a soldier who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and whose unit suffered many casualties. D.C. Lawson, a Marine who was wounded and nearly died in the battle of Okinawa.

    WRAL News Anchor Kelcey Carlson
    Producer/Writer Clay Johnson
    Photographer/Editor Jay Jennings

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