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Happy Memorial Day!

Today is Memorial Day -- a day to celebrate and honor our veterans.

Local veterans were honored today in Perry County with memorials, flowers, and gun salutes.

Veterans, young and old, even a 99-year old attended the Memorial Day ceremonies at city hall and the East Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard.

These veterans say today is not only about them, but those we have lost over the years.

It is a day to honor the sacrifices serving men and women have made to insure that we live in a free country.

"The freedoms aren't free. The sacrifice has been great," said Pat Wooten, a veteran in Hazard.

These veterans at the East Kentucky Veterans Center look forward to celebrating this day sharing stories and enjoying the time they have left with each other.

"Well, you look forward to it. It's important to get together. All of us won't be here next year," said Ervin Whitaker, a veteran in Hazard.

The oldest veteran of the World War II at the center displayed this wreath in honor of those who served and died.

By placing flags on graves, holding ceremonies, and of course having a 21 gun salute, these men, veterans themselves, take great pride in honoring those who are no longer here.

"Memorial Day is a time for all these people. Like I said here, Memorial Day is held annually to honor and give thanks to all of the brave men and women who have served our country. We believe in that," said Bob Madon, a veteran in Hazard.

The veterans also made sure to recognize those serving now praying they all come home safely.


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