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Published November 11, 2011, 06:05 PM

Grand Forks Honors America's Veterans

Signs of patriotism are all over the nation. Veterans Day is a day for honoring military veterans for their service to our country. People in Grand Forks are celebrating veterans for their love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. One ceremony took place at the Grand Forks County Courthouse Friday morning.

Signs of patriotism are all over the nation. Veterans Day is a day for honoring military veterans for their service to our country.

People in Grand Forks are celebrating veterans for their love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. One ceremony took place at the Grand Forks County Courthouse Friday morning.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and American Legion sponsored Friday's ceremony. Major Andrew Nathan from the Grand Forks Air Force Base addressed the crowd.

"And I look into the faces of you all, the veterans that have been here past, present, and future. I was inspired by you," Major Andrew Nathan said.

People young and old showed their support for the nation's heroes in front of the Grand Forks County Courthouse.

"As time goes by, the memory starts fading out, but we still have good times together," veteran Merland "Red" Berg said.

Veterans of past wars appreciate how far the country has come.

"People pay attention to what we sacrificed and what we did. I mean, a lot of us, you know, they took us to the gate and turned us loose and that was our welcome back. But this is great that everybody still remembers us," Army Veteran John Davis said.

Veterans say today is also about honoring those who are currently fighting the war on terror.

"We have a lot of respect for the young men and women who are in the service and have served on very difficult circumstances, particularly in the middle east," Navy Veteran Kirk Smith said.

"We come from a great community here in Grand Forks, really standing behind the soldiers and seamen and airmen overseas," Major Andrew Nathan said.

Friday's ceremony ended with a gun salute and taps for those who have fallen in the line of duty.

"It's a great day for veterans, it's a great day to be an American," Major Andrew Nathan said.

There was a lunch served at the County Office Building after the ceremony.

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