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Columbia VA hospital honors veterans

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Fourth graders shared letters they had written to veterans. Fourth graders shared letters they had written to veterans.
Veterans from all military branches were represented. Veterans from all military branches were represented.
The audience prayed together for the veterans. The audience prayed together for the veterans.

By: Madisyn Kellough

All branches of the military were represented at the Dorn VA Hospital's Veterans Day ceremony Tuesday morning.  The audience gave a standing ovation for the men who lost their ability to stand.

Some of the veterans wheeled into the auditorium of the Dorn Veteran's Affairs Hospital symbolized sacrifice.

Some had amputations, some were blind or deaf, but the audience's appreciation was something everyone could feel.

Teri Clinch is an Air Force veteran and wife of a serviceman.  She says the day means honoring more than just members of the armed forces.

"It's important to remember honoring their families.  A lot of people don't realize how much the families that are married to active duty people give up from family holidays to just about any other event," she said.

The veterans were all very humble as they shared their stories of overcoming adversity and explained their gratitude for the opportunity to serve their country.

A fourth grade choir sang a medley of patriotic songs as a high school color guard presented the flags.  Curtis Bowen, another veteran, said it's important to remember why we have the ability to do these things.

"Just take a moment and thank those who are still around and just appreciate what they have given to you," he said.

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