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Veterans receive recognition at Fort Indiantown Gap

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ANNVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

On Veterans Day, people across the Midstate honored our military veterans for their service and sacrifice.

On a the sunny Veterans Day, patriotism shone as bright as the sun, as hundreds of Pennsylvania veterans were recognized during a special ceremony at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

"Today, we emphasize the living, those who are still with us to thank them for their service and honor them in this way," said Rev. William McEllroy, Jr., the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Memorial Council Chaplain. "We just want to share this time together veterans."

Veterans from all military branches, and all wars since WWII, saluted each other. Some couldn't hide their emotions.

"I feel I owe this day to those who didn't come home and to their families that are still struggling to carry on," said Staff Sgt. Ronald Brewer, of the National Guard. "I today have received several 'thank you's' from people for serving and it's humbling, it's humbling."

"We go through periods where sometimes we think that the veterans are forgotten," said Neil Appleby, a Korean and Vietnam War veteran. "But when you come out and see the sun shining and the weather is good and everybody comes out, we know that we're not forgotten."

The memorial council has been honoring veterans with this special ceremony for thirty years.

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