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Published May 31, 2010, 08:28 AM

A day to remember a lost brother

At a cemetery in Fargo, speakers reminded people of why this day is important to all U.S. citizens. Veterans, service men and women, and family members of those who died while fighting for our country were in attendance. For two Fargo sisters in the crowd it's a chance to bring back memories more than 50 years old.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - At a cemetery in Fargo, speakers reminded people of why this day is important to all U.S. citizens. An hour long service was held at Riverside Cemetery. The event started with a short parade and fly over salute by a P-51 Mustang.

Guest speaker Dan Stenvold reminded the crowd that this is one of only 3 patriotic holidays the U.S. Celebrates and wishes fewer people would see it as just a day off and instead honor its purpose. He addressed school systems that consistently hold graduations Memorial Day weekend.

“This is our weekend when those of us who've survived being in harms way can pay tribute to our brothers and sisters that have made the ultimate sacrifice. School board members and administrators please leave this weekend alone leave it for us.”

The memorial service had a huge turnout. Veterans, service men and women, and family members of those who died while fighting for our country were in attendance. For two Fargo sisters in the crowd it's a chance to bring back memories more than 50 years old.

Everyone here has their own reason to be touched by Memorial Day.

"It's kind of a sad time."

For Marilyn Selberg and Joyce Place it's a day to remember a lost brother.

"He was our big brother. He looked after us if anyone picked on us. We miss him yet to this day."

Donald Rust was the sister’s protector while growing up in Casselton. To their parents’ dismay, they say Donald also wanted to protect his country.

"He always wanted to go in the Army."

Donald enlisted in the National Guard at just 16-years old.

"That's what he wanted to do and he was just a kid. Today we would consider that a baby."

Sadly, just months after leaving for the Korean War Donald died in combat at 19-years old.

"We miss him yet. It's been so many years, but we still miss him."

It's been years since the two made a Memorial Day service. They say they usually just keep to themselves on this day and think of Donald. But after being around other families who share similar losses, they don't plan on spending the day alone anymore.

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