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Published May 31, 2010, 08:41 AM

Memorial Day traditions help to remember and heal

(WDAY TV) - For some, Memorial Day isn't all about remembering, it's also about healing. At the VFW in West Fargo, a traditional ceremony kicks off with the raising of the flags and a salute from several military members, veterans, friends, even local boy scouts.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

A Vice President of the Ladies Auxiliary watched her own father and brother go to war. She says the tradition of this day brings peace to a lot of people and the same symbolic sights and sounds helps to bridge a connection.

“I think that ceremony and having traditions is important because this is something that happens every year and it is very comforting to people to have ceremonies.”

VFW post and auxiliary, West funeral homes and Boy Scout troop 232 all played a role in putting on today's program in West Fargo.

Volunteers from various Minnesota military groups visited 8 memorial sites where they put on ceremonies in honor of our veterans including here at Evergreen Cemetery. In order to have the traditional song played at memorial services some communities have turned to recordings, but here at Prairie Home Cemetery in Moorhead, Army veteran Jason Hicks plays on memorial day for the fifteenth year.

“Every time I hear that song, it reminds me of those I've known that died for our nation.”

A large memorial service was also held this afternoon at the National Guard Armory sponsored by the Dilworth VFW and Moorhead American Legion.