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Huntsville supports its vets, says retiree

Veterans were out to pay respects to fallen brothers, friends, and strangers. Veterans were out to pay respects to fallen brothers, friends, and strangers.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

On this Memorial Day, North Alabama stopped to remember the true reason for the holiday.

Families laid wreaths on graves at Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville on Monday. Veterans were out to pay respects to fallen brothers, friends, and strangers.

Robert Ohlin served 20 years in the Air Force; he said those who served are special and deserve to be honored, especially those who gave their lives.

"I think a lot of these folks, a lot of them are younger guys," Ohlin said. "They've given the ultimate sacrifice. They could have chosen a different path, gone different ways, but they didn't. They chose to defend their country and paid the ultimate sacrifice in doing it."

Ohlin came to Huntsville after retirement, and soon realized that this community supports its veterans.

"There's a lot more unity in this city as compared to other cities that haven't had military. It does make a difference, and the support here is strong. They understand it and they respect it," he said.

City leaders and others spoke to the assembled group at Maple Hill. The Huntsville Concert Band performed during the day.

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