Thousands Gather at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery to Celebrate Armed Forces

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Thousands gathered at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery to pay tribute to men and women who served in the armed forces.

One veteran says it is an honor to get together and remember his brothers in arms.

Flags flew in the wind, decorating the graves of service men and women who came, before.
Family and loved ones, walked the rows of head stones, while veterans wore pins and symbols of their service.

In the hopes that no one will forget those they’ve lost.

“I have some friends here,” Sgt. Fred Schauer,United States Air Force says.

Some, they’ve lost in battle, and others, to the passing of the years.

“Military people have a special bond,” Sgt. Schauer says.

And it’s this bond that brought the crowds that filled the stands as well as the 550 on motorcycles who rode in honor of all in the armed forces.

Leaders spoke, but the man who stood out  was keynote speaker, Staff Sgt. Louis Hanson, who told his story

“October 13 of ’42, I thought the world was coming to an end,” Staff Sgt. Hanson says.

He spoke of his time spent in World War II and his 600 days in active duty combat.

“Is it something you’ll always remember? Day and Night,” Staff Sgt. Hanson says.

Approximately, 2300 people came to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery to honor loved ones and all the men and women who serve.

And amid the heroes there , and heroes lost, veterans remember.

“It’s a chance to honor the people fallen and helped me so I can survive,” Theodore Heath, U.S. Army veteran says.

As well as to reflect on all that has been given by men and women who serve.

“We come here so that we can remind each other of the sacrifice that so many had to do in order for us to enjoy the freedoms that we have,” Sgt. Schauer says.

But on this day, their service hasn’t been forgotten

“It’s a beautiful place; a beautiful  ceremony; God bless America,” Sgt. Schauer says.

Veterans from across the state came to honor friends and loved ones lost.

Both of the state’s U.S. senators were on hand to celebrate all North Dakotans in the military.

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