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Sioux Falls honors the war dead


Sioux Falls, SD (KELO-AM) Hundreds of people turned out under cloudy skies on Memorial Day to honor America' war dead at the annual ceremonies outside the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

Many in the audience were veterans, of course, including some who served in World War II. 94-year-old Ed Bereth says it was an honor to serve, but it's also an honor to be a faithful and honest citizen.

Keynote speaker was State Representative, Stace Nelsen. The Marine Corps veteran, whose running for the U-S Senate, told the crowd that the military burden of defending freedom is borne by less than one percent of the population. He asked alll veterans to stand up and called them living patriots.

Father Andrew Young gave the final benediction, honoring those who have "fought the fight, ran the course, but have not lost faith".   

The Sioux Falls Municipal Band played patriotic songs. A rifle squad fired a military salute. Taps was played.