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Published May 28, 2012, 05:12 PM

Grand Forks Gathers to Remember Those Who Served

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Memorial Day services are being held across the country, as people honor those who have served our country.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Memorial Day services are being held across the country, as people honor those who have served our country.

The day holds meaning for those who have lost loved ones in war and for those who have served in our military.

Monday morning's Memorial Day ceremony marked a day of remembrance for those who sacrificed their lives in service and for one Grand Forks man, it marks a day of honor.

"Looking back now, it means a lot more than it did when I was a kid. It means a lot," veteran Dallas Neumiller said.

Neumiller comes from a line of service members. His dad served in World War II and his uncles spent time in service, all inspiring him to spend 23 years in the National Guard.

"And a couple of other relatives that were full-time military, and I thought if they can do it, so can I," Neumiller said.

Like Neumiller and his family, many others are spending today remembering their loved ones who served our country.

"We need to decorate our nation by honoring the memory of our fallen and resting heroes with their stories for they will light up our nation with pride," Lt. Col. Rob Fugere said.

"It's just a big honor to be here," Neumiller said.

"They gave everything to support and defend this nation built on life, liberty and hope," Lt. Col. Fugere said.

Memorial Day is marked as the one day people gather to celebrate, decorate and honor lives sacrificed in service.

"We remember and give thanks for those who have given their lives in the service of our country. When the need was greatest, they stepped forward and did their duty to defend the freedoms that we enjoy and to win the same for others," DAV chaplain Tom Haga said.

Memorial Day was officially observed for the first time on May 30, 1868.

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