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Dozens Gather At Mount Hope Cemetery for Memorial Ceremonies

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- They gave the ultimate sacrifice, so today dozens gathered to honor our fallen veterans at Mount Hope Cemetery.

"Our veterans gave their all for our country, to keep what we have here today and what we enjoy here today whole and vital and prosperous," said Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War past Commander-in-Cheif James Pahl.

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War gathered at Mount Hope Cemetery, visiting the graves of nearly 2,000 veterans, commemorating them, thanking them and continuing a 25 year tradition.

"The men of the post took care of them and we carry on that as their ancestors, to remember their sacrifices today," said Pahl.

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War weren't the only ones who gathered today, immediately after and just feet away in the cemetery, the Lansing Fire Department came together to pay tribute to lost service members.

"For over 100 years firefighters have been being buried here that have lost their lives in the line of duty," said City of Lansing Assistant Fire Chief Trent Atkins.

For over 30 years, the fire department has met on Memorial Day weekend to honor the nine men who died protecting our community, and ringing a bell to remember retired firefighters who passed away since last Memorial Day Weekend.

"It's a great honor to not only be able to not only remember and memorialize firefighters that died and lost their lives, but also those of the civil war on the same day," said Atkins.

Our country's guardians, gone, but not forgotten.

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