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Veteran's Day holds a special meaning for a father and daughter

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YAKIMA, Wash- Marching in today's Veteran's Day Parade was a father-daughter team, a pair that holds veteran's day as one of the most special days in their lives.   It's a time not just to appreciate those who have served, but also to give thanks for each other.

"This is my Father's Day", says Lindsay Brown.

On this holiday Brown got the best gift she could imagine.  Five years ago today her father Mike came home to her.

"It's our day", agrees Sgt. Mike Brown.

We first met the pair back in 2006 when Sergeant Mike Brown had returned from a year in Iraq.  When the national guardsman was called to active duty, he left his 18-year-old daughter in charge of everything.  The house, legal issues, bills.

"Taking care of things I had never had to deal with before was quite intimidating", says Lindsay.

But as Mike did his duty to his country, Lindsay did her duty to her father.  Juggling classes at CWU--, all her new household responsibilities, and the worry for her dad's safety, she had his affairs perfectly in order when he came back on Veterans Day of 2006

"She actually had lived up not only to the task, but exceeded all of my expectations", says Mike.

"It's been five years since he came home safe, I have my dad and a lot of people don't I have a lot to be grateful for", says Lindsay.

So for the Browns, who spend every Veterans Day together, this holiday also feels a little like Thanksgiving and Memorial Day.

They take comfort in each other while remembering those who weren't able to return to their loved ones.