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Published May 27, 2013, 06:16 PM

Family members say memorial in Buffalo is long overdue

Buffalo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Family members of those whose names are now forever marked in stone say the memorial is long overdue.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Buffalo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Family members of those whose names are now forever marked in stone say the memorial is long overdue.

Moms and dads, brothers and sisters, all came to town to mark the event and remember their lost loved ones.

"He never said much about the war"

It's been more than 20 years since Wesley Beilke lost his brother Clarence. An army veteran who spent the rest of his life in Buffalo.

"I don't think any of these people in WWII even dreamt of what this was going to come, you know, they never even thought that would happen in Buffalo..."

A small town where their names now line main stree, from the cemetery..

"Clarence H. Beilke"

....and now blocks down the road at the new monument.

"It's kind of sad, really, but that's the way things go, that's life."

While some veterans on this monument like Beilke died after fighting in World War II, one man was killed while serving just a few years ago.

"That monument is for old men, and now here's my son whose 21 years old and he's up there with the men that watched him grow up."

Her son, Eric Spurgeon died in a motorcycle accident back in 2010

That's my baby

Just months after his military deployment in Qatar.

"The whole monument is absolutely wonderful it's been needed for a long time."

"Great honor for the family, and for all the people in the community."

A community proving that it doesn't take a big town, but a group of strong members.

"for Eric, it's an honor, and that means everything to us."

And soldiers both young and old, who changed their lives forever.

To be eligible for the memorial, veterans must have served as part of the Buffalo American Legion, or be laid to rest in Buffalo's cemetery.

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