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Vets Honored During Downtown Duluth March

Posted at: 11/11/2012 5:34 PM
Updated at: 11/11/2012 10:47 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

Military men and women gathered in downtown Duluth for the fifth-annual Veteran's Day March. It kicked off at the Saint Louis County Heritage and Arts Center, better known as the old depot, and ended at the DECC.

Vets of every age lined up in rows to march through town as cars honked and people waived flags in their honor. Northland Veteran's Services Committee Chairman Durbin Keeney said it's a unique gathering he wished happened more often.

"We march by branches, not by time periods," Keeney said. "So, you will have people from World War II marching with people who just got back from the sand box."

A ceremony, inside the DECC, wrapped up the event where area leaders shared a few words and family members were honored for their sacrifice. Veterans there were happy to be recognized, but said their favorite part of the event is being with old friends.

"I got a lot of good friends that march," Veteran Bradford Wright said. "We try to do this every year, and it's a pleasure to do it."

While Veteran's Day may only come once a year, Keeney hopes the community will celebrate military people every day.

"We got to remember that you and I wouldn't be talking here today if men and women hadn't put their lives on the line," Keeney said. "Today is officially Veteran's Day, but it should every day be Veteran's Day. We need to take care of our veterans."

Keeney also thanked volunteers who made the march possible.