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WWII veteran weighs in on Memorial Day

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FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. (WHTM) - Shots from a gun solute rang out over the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Sunday afternoon. Those in attendance for the 32nd annual ceremony fought back tears and saluted the ones who have died. 

"Being able to say to all those service members here today there was no higher honor to have served with you, and I salute you," said former U.S. Congressman and Navy Admiral Joe Sestak, who presented at the ceremony.

Among the living heroes in the crowd was World War Two veteran Daniel Lucas. 

"From Normandy to Berlin, we lost almost 2,000 men. It was not picnic, I'll tell you," Lucas said.

Lucas, who will turn 100 years old in August, fought at Omaha Beach -- a ploy to invade German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. 

"I'll be a 100 years old and I appreciate everyone here at least they respect us because there are a lot of people forgetting about us," he said. "They think when I tell them Omaha Beach they think it's Atlantic City."

At the cemetery, you did not have to look hard or far to find the true meaning of Memorial Day. 

"Remember what those who have passed on have given," veteran David Klinepeter said.

All who have served and are serving said they share an unbreakable bond. 

"It doesn't matter what war weather you are male or female, color doesn't matter, size doesn't matter  -- you are a veteran and to me, that's the main things. We are veterans and most of us will do anything we can to help another veteran," he said.
     
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