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Published November 11, 2013, 07:10 PM

F-M area honoring Veterans Day

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Honoring America and remembering all those who've served… Across the F-M area, a number of Veterans Day ceremonies are taking place.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - Honoring America and remembering all those who've served… Across the F-M area, a number of Veterans Day ceremonies are taking place.

…None bigger than the ceremony at the Fargo Civic Center. Organizers say it brought out the largest crowd ever.

Since 11 Monday morning, the Legion has been packed with people coming out for some stew.

The annual event serves up music, raffles and, of course, a hearty meal; one that was probably all the more appreciated on this chilly day, especially for parade-goers.

Sergeant Ricky Smith- ND National Guard: "I'll be going overseas in January."

Sargent Ricky Smith with the North Dakota National Guard will soon leave behind his family, his son.

Smith: "As a family, you just have to tackle it.”

The father/son duo are marching in the Veterans Parade for a variety of reasons, for much more than just Riley's boy scout troop.

Riley Smith- Father is Set to Deploy: "Happy, because I get to spend time with him before he gets deployed.”

Ricky Smith: "Spend some time together; see the other vets that have gone before me and kind of let him see the importance of it."

A new appreciation for those who serve, one that can sometimes get lost in the shuffle of generations…

Ricky Smith: "I think that's why the holiday needs to continue being remembered to let them know the sacrifices people ahead of us made; sacrifices people might have to make down the road."

Despite the chilly temperatures and falling snow, that's exactly why Sarah Kim brought her children out to watch the parade.

Sarah Kim- Parade-Goer: "It's important to support our veterans for all they have done for us."

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