Minot State University honors veterans

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MINOT, N.D. - Minot State University will be closed Monday for Veterans Day, but they got in a week-long celebration of our nation's servicemen and women.

Minot State University celebrated veterans in a new way this year.

They added a special program to their annual week-long veterans celebration, where the veterans themselves talked about what the day means to them.

One of the speakers was World War II-veteran Lynn Aas, who earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for a series of heroics during the war.

“It was difficult service no matter where you were, and one was not any better or worse than the other one, and I served in as probably as difficult as any” Aas said,

The event included words from veterans of Iraq, Korea, and World War II.

“Veterans day is to remember the living veterans who served in the armed forces of the US, and basically it's just to get the word out and make people aware of that. For the veterans themselves, everyone does that differently. Most people carry that with them every day.” said Andy Heitkamp, MSU Veterans Service director.

Every year, the University also hosts a community fair that offers services for veterans and students thinking of joining the military.

“We are looking at starting a DAV scholarship program to assist an individual who is looking forward to going back to college,” said Ron Garcia, Disabled American Veterans service officer.

Honoring those who have given so much for our country.

Organizers said this year's celebration was the biggest yet.