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Published November 11, 2011, 06:43 PM

Patriotism Throughout Downtown Fargo

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Signs of patriotism spread throughout downtown Fargo. The community is honoring veterans on this Veteran's Day. Today, the annual parade and flag-raising ceremony.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Signs of patriotism spread throughout downtown Fargo. The community is honoring veterans on this Veteran's Day. Today, the annual parade and flag-raising ceremony.

Sirens blare down 5th Street as veterans walk side by side. Each one bonded by the wounds of war.

Bob Krause, Veteran: "I was actually drafted back when I came in. I still raise my right hand and swore to protect the constitution just like they do today."

But these veterans are not walking alone. Behind them are girl scouts and ROTC students.

Josh Hedstrom, West Fargo Cadet Major: "I'm excited to be here today just to honor all the vets who have fallen and are still alive today."

Vets like Dave Rice-who served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1973.

Dave Rice, Veteran: "North Dakotans are really a patriotic bunch, they weren't spitting on Vietnam vets and they appreciated our service, that wasn't true all over the country."

And you could see that patriotism today. People young and old lined the streets, saluting the men who served our country so many years ago.

"It's not only them that pay the price ultimately with their lives, but their families go through heck for everything else too."

At the civic center, community support continued. With hands over their hearts, veterans and the public watched as the American Flag was raised in honor of veterans and those serving our country today.

"Our country has problems, but we have more freedoms in this country than anywhere in the world and it's the vets past and present that have given us those freedoms."

The American Legion started this parade back in 1919. It's still going strong years later and veterans believe the community will continue to support it.

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