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Town honors its veterans

As gatherers joined together to honor veterans, there are still soldiers fighting for our country and Josie Minard, commander of the DAVA Unit 88, said a prayer for those in the call of duty.

"As we go forth from this solemn service let us always keep in our minds and our hearts of the cost of freedom " by the wounds of our comrades, POWs and MIAs and the supreme sacrifice of those who we honor here today," said Minard. "God bless our service men and women that are in harms way."

A three-volley salute was given by the VFW Post 1895 as rifles pointed to the sky and fired three times in unison to honor those who gave their life.

Master of Ceremonies Chuck Gerhard, commander of VFW Post 1895, wanted to recognize some people that might not have been mentioned during the ceremony. There were people that might not have fought directly in a war, he said, but still served their country in different ways.

"There are people who during the Vietnam War never went overseas," said Gerhard. "There were staff members, there were enlisted and officers that stayed stateside. Some of them were cooks, some of them were chaplains, some of them were staff members and these people all served in their own way for the cause of our country."

Gerhard said his father tried to enlist in WWII, but was originally denied because he had clubs foot, but near the end of the war when the government was "scraping at the bottom of the barrel" he was called in to be an Army air core operator since he wasn't allowed to fight.

"We are grateful for all of our veterans, however they served, whatever their capacity. All gave some and some gave all," said Gerhard.""

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