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11/12/07-Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill High School Remembers Hometown Hero

Rounds of applause and standing ovations--it was a celebration for veterans, past and present, who serve their country.  And for Frank Fields, this Veterans Day is even more special.  

"I'm just a regular high school kid that played regular high school basketball," he said.  "I wasn't a superstar."

But Monday, Frank's friends and former teachers would disagree.  Chapel Hill High School honored Frank with his old basketball jersey--No. 50--a token of appreciation for the service Frank gave to his country, and the sacrifices he made.  

"People tell me, well you know you have a great attitude, you lost your legs, and I don't think I could do it," Frank said.  But Frank said his accident was just another part of life.  Almost a year ago, Frank lost both his legs during a routine army mission in Iraq.  It was an experience which has an even deeper meaning for him on this Veterans Day.  

"I'm here," he said.  "I have friends that didn't come back, and so that's blessing enough for me."  Frank said there are no words to express his gratitude, but his spirit, as well as his story, have inspired others to express their gratitude to him and the thousands of veterans who have made sacrifices for their nation.  

"I've seen him grow and mature and just become a real example for young people today," said Brenda Childs, one of Frank's former teachers.  "I am proud to be a small part of honoring these men that fought for us."

"It means he gave up what he had here at Chapel Hill and his home life to go and serve our country," said Bryce Bender, a Chapel Hill High School Senior.

Frank has been humble in service.  "All the people that came before us are getting recognized.  Those are the real heroes.  Those are the men and women who paved the way," he said.

Frank said he's proud of the sacrifices he and his fellow servicemen and women are making and have made.

Layron Livingston, Reporting. llivingston@kltv.com

 

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