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Remember to Honor Veterans This Independence Day

Posted at: 07/04/2013 10:47 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The 4th of July is a day of red, white, and blue; stars and stripes; and everything patriotic.  It's also a day to thank those who continue to make sure we have the right to celebrate our independence.

Many of us see it as a day away from work to enjoy the sun and company of family and friends.  Actually, it's get easy to get distracted by the fireworks and food. But the celebration goes back 237 years, when the United States adopted the declaration of independence.

Local veterans we talked with hope people take time this Independence Day to remember and appreciate those who've list their lives for our freedoms.
 
At Soldiers Field in Rochester you'll find roughly 3,000 names. These are just soldiers from southeastern Minnesota who've given thier lives for our freedoms.
 
Although it's not the most popular spot to visit on this holiday, veteran Wayne Stillman says he just hopes people will at least take the time to remember.
     
"It's overlooked with the brats, the hamburgers, the fireworks and the outdoor parties. But I hope not. We have to stop and remember how we got those freedoms."
 
At Soldier Field, the bell of honor rang as part of a long standing tradition. It dates back to president Kennedy, who had a bell rung at 2:00 p.m. every Independence Day.