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Published June 04, 2011, 04:47 PM

VFW Holds Memorial Service

It's a day for one Grand Forks man to remember friends he lost serving in the military and reflect on what he's gained. VFW members gathered for a memorial service to honor soldiers.

It's a day for one Grand Forks man to remember friends he lost serving in the military and reflect on what he's gained.

VFW members gathered for a memorial service to honor soldiers.

John Hanson joined the Air Force to make a difference.

"I came to Grand Forks Air Force Base in 1969. The first time I went overseas in 71', came back in 72'" Hanson said.

Serving in the military, Hanson has seen the sacrifices people have made to protect this country.

"As you get older, you look back at it and say, "Man, I can't believe we got through this." Hanson said.

Being a part of the VFW is a new chance for this veteran to make a difference in peoples lives. The annual convention at the GuestHouse Inn is the place Hanson helped organize a service.

This memorial is a chance for veterans to come together and remember those lost during war time.

"Some give the supreme sacrifice, some sacrifice in other ways, by mental anguish." VFW Senior Vice Commander Richard De Noyer said.

With each flower placed on a casket, each song, each prayer, a memory of those lost, and for Hanson remembering those who still fight overseas today.

"When I came in I was doing my job. This is what we had to do, we had to take care of it, defend our country. The same things going on right now." Hanson said.

This is the 90th annual convention which wraps up today.

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