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Honoring Veterans at Roosevelt Park

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  Veterans Day is a time dedicated to honoring the brave men and women who have served our country in uniform.  And, that's exactly what some were doing today at Roosevelt Park.

            "We're very fortunate, in this nation, to have many freedoms, and it's appropriate that we recognize our veterans for the sacrifices they have made to secure and to keep those freedoms," said Mark Jantzer, City of Minot.

            From the United States Air Force to the Navy and Marines to the Army and Coast Guard, North Dakota is home to 60,000 veterans and 10 Medal of Honor recipients.

            "We forget how important it is to say thank you," said Democrat Senator Heidi Heitkamp.  "How important it is to say thank you to the men and women who serve our country every day.  Who stand on the wall that runs to the sound of the guns not run away from the sound of the gun, but run to the sound of the guns."

            On July 4th, 2007, the Minot Park District dedicated the North Dakota Medal of Honor Memorial as a way to commemorate North Dakota recipients of the Medal of Honor, which is the nation's highest military honor.

            "This memorial is a sacred reminder of the sacrifice and bravery of so many men and women who have served in our military and worn the various uniforms of the United States," North Dakota Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley.

            "We know they took one step up.  They took one step and went above and beyond what we expect anyone to do," said Senator Heitkamp.

            Earlier this year, Clinton Romesha of Minot was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during combat in October of 2009, while serving in Afghanistan. 

            Romesha said, "The honor is overwhelming and the feeling is that it's undeserved with all of these sentiments and immense pain of losing soldiers in the process.  And, it sure seems like the medal earned during combat operation battles and fire fights are awarded often when things go wrong and situations look dire.  And, I am confident that the recipients of this award, the distinguished service medals, the silver stars, the bronze star medals, and all of the other honors of war would agree that they would rather have their battle buddies survive than be honored."

            For generations to come, this memorial will continue to tell a story about many brave individuals, like Romesha, who served their country with honor.

            Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer said, "Thank you for your service veterans.  God bless you all.  And, may God bless the United States of America."

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