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Veterans honored during ceremony at Camp Nelson

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

People across the country are taking time today to honor those who served, and are currently serving in our nation's armed forces.

On Friday morning, a large crowd gathered for a Veterans Day ceremony at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County, where nearly 14,000 veterans are buried.

It might have been windy and chilly today but that didn't stop at least 100 people from coming out to honor those that have served and continue to serve our nation on this Veterans Day.

It was a day of pride, but also some pain for Sherrie Long, a U.S. Navy veteran who buried her father, also a veteran just a year ago, "A little painful for me on that note that my dad died. I just think about all of the other veterans that we have been burying up here that have lost their lives too."

Chuck Macafee, served in the U.S army for 12 years. He was shot three times in Vietnam and wounded in Cambodia. He says it's important not to forget the veterans that are no longer here, "It has a deep meaning to me. As you can see all of these tombstones out here . They were people that loved their country, fought for their country. It's something that we can't forget. We owe these people a great debt."

Macafee believes that in addition to honoring fellow veterans on this day, it's also important to encourage others to serve, "The country needs you service. Maybe not in the military, but do something for your country. You owe them a great debt. We're free because of people that are buried here."

It's ceremonies like today's that make a veteran, no matter the branch of the military...proud to be American.

The Lexington Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, or AUSA, handed out special coins today, honoring this special Veterans Day on 11-11-11.

Many restaurants and businesses are paying tribute to veterans by offering free meals or services today.

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