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Veterans urge youth to learn history of Memorial Day

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Speakers urged listeners to remember the origins of the holiday. Speakers urged listeners to remember the origins of the holiday.
ARAB, AL (WAFF) -

Residents in the town of Arab gathered together Monday afternoon to pay their tributes on Memorial Day.

With prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and plenty of speakers, the citizens observed Memorial Day at the park. Veterans and family members heard from the keynote speaker about the importance of the day, and gave the audience a brief history lesson of the day's origin.

Many in attendance at the ceremony had served in the military. For one vet, he feels people should take time out to remember the role the military serves and that there is a way to help those become more patriotic if they are not.

"To be honest with you, I think they should have a draft today to get these young kids in the service; make a man out of them," said George Schroeder. "I went in when I was 18 years old. Nobody knew I was going in. I got out of school, went in, and enjoyed myself. I wanted to help my country."

Over in Guntersville, ceremonies included a 21-gun salute and wreath-laying. Some attendees served as far back as World War II. Here, too, the subject of the keynote speech was on the holiday's origins and for those who weren't in attendance to find some way to thank soldiers for their service.

"I know it's a day off work and it is a holiday for most people," said Retired Colonel Scott Gedling. "We need to go back and think about why we're here and how we can enjoy this great day that we have today; it is because of those men and women that have fought for our great country."

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