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Remembering soldiers on Memorial Day

David Fering and his fiancee Jeather Farr, both of Minneapolis, comfort his grandmother Joan Fering of rural East Grand Forks following a Memorial Day ceremony Monday at Bethany South Cemetery. Joan's husband died in 2012, he was a veteran who served during the Korean Conflict. Darren Gibbins special to the Herald1 / 3
grand Forks mayor Michael R. Brown, retired United States Air Force, delivers the Memorial Day address Monday during a ceremony at Memorial Park Cemetery in Grand Forks. Darren Gibbins special to the Herald2 / 3
Sue Kime, of the American Legion Auxillary Unit 6 read "In Flanders Field, An Answer" Monday to those in attending the Memorial Park Cemetery ceremony. Darren Gibbins special to the Herald3 / 3

Small American flags and flowers dotted the tombstones at Memorial Park Cemetery in honor of Memorial Day.

Area veterans and other residents gathered in the cemetery Monday morning as the Grand Forks City Band played patriotic songs, in honor of those who gave their lives serving their country.

“This is a hallowed opportunity for the city to come together to honor those who came before us to defend our nation, oftentimes making the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom,” said Bob Greene, commander of American Legion Post 6 in Grand Forks.

Grand Forks’ event was not the only Memorial Day celebration by veterans Monday.

Members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in East Grand Forks toured cemeteries in East Grand Forks and Tabor Township to salute those fallen soldiers, and many other cities in the region held services and ceremonies in remembrance.

Marion Hoffart, of Grand Forks, visited the celebration in Memorial Park Cemetery because her husband is a veteran and her great-niece was playing in the Grand Forks City Band, she said.

“It’s very important to honor the deceased and living veterans, as well as your own family members that have gone before you,” she said.

In speaking to the small crowd at Memorial Park Cemetery, Mayor Mike Brown, who was in the Air Force, expressed that same sentiment.

“It is our duty, our responsibility, our obligation and even our burden,” to remember and honor veterans, Brown said. And while Memorial Day is only one day of the year, Brown encouraged everyone to remember veterans’ sacrifices every day.

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Charly Haley
Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Before working at the Herald, she was a reporter at the Jamestown Sun and interned at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the St. Cloud Times. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.
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