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Remembering The Sacrifice Of Fallen Veterans

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(WLNS) - Across the country, and here in mid-Michigan, families and friends came together to enjoy the day and to remember the sacrifice our fallen veterans made-so that we're able to celebrate holidays in the first place.

For our living veterans today is a bittersweet reminder, that while they were able to return home, too many of their friends and comrades did not.

"Our great-grandpas were veterans."

"What are you going to do in the parade today?"

"Throw candy at children."

No matter what brings these proud, flag bearing Americans out to Memorial Day parades the why remains the same.

"Well it's a day to honor our veterans."

These two long-time friends have quite a lot to reflect upon today.

"Feel proud to go down that street. I go down it a thousand times a year but this is the one day that it really means something."

On July first Robert Sheldon will turn 94.

Exactly 72 years earlier, his twenty second birthday, private first class Sheldon landed on the beach at Normandy.

"We got on the beach. They stopped us because there was still fighting ahead of us."

Sheldon says moments like those he'll never forget although at times he wishes he could.

"You get burnt out tanks along the road and you know there are soldiers in them."

And today Sheldon says serves as a bittersweet but necessary reminder that, as Americans, we can never get lost in the holiday and forget the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"You can still have fun and honor the dead. They're the ones that went and protected this country and all the people in it. They should be thankful."

Army corporal Roger Shepard served in Korea.

Like his friend Sheldon he feels its his duty to support Memorial Day parades to honor those who weren't as lucky as he.

"We should appreciate all our veterans--those who've come home and those who haven't come home."

And it's more than just talk to Shepard. This parade in Holt is the third he's attended today.

He says it's the least he can do.

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