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Published November 11, 2009, 04:03 PM

Area Veterans Celebrate Veterans Day

Hundreds of people showed up in Grand Forks to honor veterans of both the past. And those currently serving overseas today.

By: Steve Bodakowski, WDAZ

Hundreds of people showed up in Grand Forks to honor veterans of both the past. And those currently serving overseas today

It wasn't until 1954 when veterans day was recognized as a national holiday.

Today there are more than 25 million veterans across the country.

From World War 1 and two to the Korean War and soldiers who are serving over seas today.

Speakers at today's ceremony say its a day to remember all of them.

It began with a presentation of the colors and a gun salute in honor our fallen soldiers.

Brigader General Alan Palmer of the national guard told the audience if it weren't for the millions of veterans across the country we wouldn't be where we are today in the U.S.

<"Our veterans have born the cost of war and have stood watch over the peace in between war the American people are great full to our veterans and all who have fought for our freedom.">

As many as 500 people were at today's ceremony.

Many of them were veterans themselves.

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