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A Happy Memorial Day in Fritch

A community comes together to remember fallen heroes.
After a couple of weeks the Fritch community may not want to remember, this  Memorial Day was all about remembering those who fought for our freedom.

"God bless America."

American flags lined the streets and people were happy and proud to not only be a resident of Fritch, but also of this country.

There was also the smell of barbecue in the air.

Denny Antel from Pork-n-Things says, "I thought it'd be a great opportunity for us, we were off work, to come on down and help some people out that needed help. "

Pork-n-Things were giving out hamburgers and hot dogs for free to anyone who came by.

We talked with a veteran who tells us how important is it to him today to remember all the fallen soldiers.

Douglas Savage says, i'm a Korean vet.  I saw a lot of death over there.  It kind of warms my heart that people put out their flags and this sort of thing."

Nita McMillan tells us, "what I have are memories all year long. It's not just  for one day, ya know."

McMillan had seven brothers in WWII, as well as her late husband of 62 years.

"He was a combat veteran during world ware two in the Philippine Islands," she says.

McMilan's daughter tells us her father never wanted to talk about his experience overseas.

Kanita Riggle says, "I know my daddy use to really worry about the fact that he had killed people when he was younger and didn't want to talk about it.  We just would try and tell him if you hadn't done what you did for our country, then we wouldn't have these freedoms. I mean, he had to do it." 

Everyone we talked with today tells us because of veterans past and present, we are the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

Savage tells us he lost two homes during the wildfire.

He says the community support, and the love and respect they show for veterans has made this Memorial Day one to remember.

On May 26, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a presidential proclamation naming Waterloo, New York as the birthplace of Memorial Day.


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