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Ceremony Honors Vets, Flags

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Veterans of World War Two now living at an assisted living facility in Minot were honored as part of a special ceremony recently.

The ceremony included the burning of eleven US flags that had been declared unserviceable.

Photojournalist Gaylen Ness was at The Wellington as the special service unfolded.

For Ray Skorheim, a ceremony such as this is very important

(Ray Skorheim, WW2 Veteran) "They're gone but not forgotten, I think that's the point of the ceremony."

His World War Two comrades, killed in action or missing for decades, must be remembered.

(Ray Skorheim, WW2 Veteran) "It's awful easy for the general public to forget what has taken place and this is a reminder of what has taken place."

(Daryl Kramer, WW2 Veteran) "I think it's a good thing to honor the people who did not make it back to the United States and there were lots of them."

WW2 veteran Daryl Kramer shares the sentiment.

(Daryl Kramer, WW2 Veteran) "It reminds people who have forgotten all about it that we were ever over there in World War Two and as time goes on, memory slips by."

Ray and Daryl are two of eleven World War Two veterans living at The Wellington in Minot.

"We are proud to have our own veterans, sitting in the front, who are residents here at the Wellington and they are taking part in the burning of these unserviceable flags."

Each of the 11 presented a flag for disposal during the special ceremony. A service of memory and honor to those who did not make it back from battle

(Richard Reuer, American Legion Chaplain) "We call your attention to this small table. It is set for one symbolizing the fact that members of our armed forces are missing from our ranks."

A service steeped in patriotism

(Milo Wallace, Post President) "Let these faded flags of our country and the state of North Dakota be destroyed with respectful and honorable rights."

and faith.

(Richard Reuer, American Legion Chaplain) "As they yield their substance to the fire, may your holy light spread over us and bring our hearts renewed devotion to God and country."

A chance to pause and recall the sacrifice made by so many

(Richard Reuer, American Legion Chaplain) "Now may the ashes of the burning of these flags be a symbol and remembrance of these our POW/MIAs, who have departed from us and are still unaccounted for from conflicts and war."

and to call everyone to attention - attention to those still serving

(Richard Reuer, American Legion Chaplain) "May you continue to watch over our men and women who are serving in foreign countries today for you and this great country."

The local American Legion post estimates there are about 250 flags now waiting for proper destruction...they will be burned at future ceremonies.

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