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Veterans Honored with Salutes, Stories, and Songs



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On Monday, everyone who walked into Lincoln High School was greeted by a salute.  Then those attending were invited to join in song with some of the most memorable patriotic hymns.  Veterans from all branches were in attendance.

"The guys that served in World War Two, and Korea, and Vietnam, Beirut, Lebanon, Grenada and Afghanistan, Iraq, we are all part of a main brotherhood,“ said Post #15 Honor Guard member Mark DeGraw.  Then, there were stories from a man who has lived inconspicuously in Sioux Falls for years.  His name is Claude Hone.

Claude is a veteran and pilot of the infamous gull wing designed Corsair.  His combat took him to the front lines of Japan.  He was trained by famous boxer Jack Dempsey, and flew in the Air National Guard with Joe Foss, the local boy who was the leading ace for the Marine Corps in WWII.

"We try to pass on our values, we fought for the right of freedom, freedom of choice, freedom of religion and if it wasn't for us standing up for those rights it would be a different situation today,” insisted Hone.

Veterans Day is a day to celebrate patriotism and the willingness to serve.  Medals and uniforms are proudly worn by the people who have earned every last bit of gratitude.


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