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Published July 18, 2010, 06:37 PM

Memorial Service Supporting Soldiers

Family and friends of military members held a memorial service at Sherlock Park in East Grand Forks today.

Family and friends of military members held a memorial service at Sherlock Park in East Grand Forks today.

Supporting soldiers currently overseas, and remembering soldiers lost. Honoring, supporting and remembering. A memorial service today was organized by someone who knows loss.

"The military has been such an avid support of my family since my son's death that we were just trying to do a tribute back to the soldiers."

Carmen Kleinwatcher lost her son Chris almost four years ago serving our country in Afghanistan and wanted a day to pay tribute to those serving overseas.

"From what I understood his last words were he wanted to come back to America and have people come together once again." Carmen said.

Words that would inspire her to help and support others in their time of need.

"It was mainly because of what I heard before he died and I feel like I don't always love people like he would want me to. Because we are a country based on love and brotherhood." Carmen said

The service brought out not only friends and families of soldiers, but Veterans of War and the Patriot Guard came to show their support as well.

"These guys are doing what they're asked to do and we wanted to show our support for them and their families that are supporting them while they're doing their jobs. It's an important thing, the right thing to do." Patriot Guard ride captain Don Rasmuson said.

"Sometimes I think in our lives if things don't hit us right in the face we forget, and I was trying to let people know that they were there for me and I'm trying to be there for others." Carmen said.

Kleinwatcher says she is amazed at the people who came out to support our troops today and is thankful for the support of her friends and family.

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