Annual Veterans Day Event Honors Servicemen and Women

Taylor Holt
November 10, 2017 10:43 PM

It's a day dedicated to honoring those that proudly serve our country and some that have sadly lost their lives. Many will be celebrating America's veterans this weekend. 

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The Northland Veteran Services Committee held their annual event Friday.

"We like to come down to the Veterans Day event as often as we can," said Shelley Sheff, who has attended the event for years.

"I just like when we get to clap for them and it really honors them and that's good," said Shelley's daughter, Natalie.

Veterans from across the Northland joined in in marching from the depot to the decc in honor off all service men and women. Congressman Rick Nolan also attended the event.

"It's important for us to celebrate our veterans. Lincoln said it best 'the degree to which we treat and respect them and show our gratitude will determine the degree to which future generations will step up and serve our country," said Congressman Rick Nolan. 

No matter what brings people out for the annual event, it's all for one common purpose.

"You can't find enough ways to say thank you and show your gratitude," said Nolan.

It was a particularly special day for the Marines who were honored at the event because it was their birthday.

"Sometimes we forget how good our country is and it because of the veterans who fought for us," said Sheff.

Vietnam Veteran, Dan Johnson says he hopes events like these can serve as a reminder.

"One of the things that we as veterans know is we protected and fought for is for peoples right to do and feel and say what they want," said Johnson. "You don't have that in a lot of places."

He also says he hopes to pass along the knowledge to future generations.

"We need to just take these opportunities to remind ourselves otherwise we will for get," said Sheff.


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