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Veterans honored in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash--  They are the faces of today's heroes, of tomorrow's legacy, and the waves of proud families.  Thousands on Monday honored our service men and women for Memorial Day at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

"As Lawrence Welk would say--wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! I'm so glad that I served and if I had to do it again, I'd do it," says Cliff Dykeman, a veteran of World War II.

In the rows of flags blowing in the wind, there were whispers of bravery from a lifetime ago.

"The most important way that we can honor those that have fallen in their service to our country is to highly value and jealously protect their gift to us," explains the guest speaker, Colonel Robert Iten.

That's what Cliff Dykeman does every day.

"Every soldier, sailor, marine, coast guard is our comrade," he says.  "Pray our men and women are protected overseas, and the elderly WWII vets here in the U.S. live for a long time and do just like me--enjoy Memorial Day and Veterans Day and participate in it."

Speakers said all across the country flags are waving to honor the fallen and the brave.  But it's important to remember--they're not just names and numbers, they're unique individuals with a lifetime of memories.