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Published May 27, 2013, 07:28 PM

Veterans remembered in Grand Forks

Hundreds of people showed their support in Grand Forks today for veterans during Memorial Day ceremonies across town.

Hundreds of people showed their support in Grand Forks today for veterans during Memorial Day ceremonies across town.

Crowds at Memorial Park Cemetery North and South came together to remember military men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Thomas Saddler, veteran: "The saying that they gave all their tomorrows so that we could have our todays is certainly most true on Memorial Day...More than 1.2 million Americans, men and women have perished as a result of military conflicts."

Scott Stevens: "I've got glasses on for a reason. I was crying over there."

Though not a veteran himself, Scott Stevens says they deserve to be recognized for their sacrifices.

Scott: "People give up family and friends, and you have to come out and honor that. It's very important that we have the freedoms we have that other countries don't. Somebody had to give something up for it."

Veteran Barbara Chine says our fallen heroes, and the families they left behind, should be In our thoughts every day.

Barbara: "Especially when we have those reminders around us of families and of friends of spouses of children who are still without a loved one."

Thomas: "Today is not about celebrating the beginning of the summer season, or a holiday from work. today is a solemn day of remembrance. A day that should be properly set aside for contemplation. ask yourself where you would be without the personal sacrifice made by these men and women."

With more women serving than ever before, veterans I spoke with say it's important to continue adapting programs aimed specifically for female military members and their families.

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