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Remembrance Patriot Day Ceremony

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Yakima, WASH.-- The Yakima County Veterans Program conducted a Remembrance Patriot Day Ceremony Tuesday.

The ceremony honored and remembered the 3,000 people who lost their lives that day, and the hundreds of fallen soldiers that lost their lives in the wars that followed.

Veterans named local soldiers who have died in Iraq or Afghanistan, and everyone joined in for a moment of silence. 

One veteran shared a story that didn't get much coverage in the national news.

He talked about a group of 40 Marines who evacuated a daycare near the Pentagon. The Marines each grabbed a crib with a child inside and carried them to safety.

David Brown, the Yakima County Veterans Coordinator, said, "Every American can identify with what happened on 9/11. It bruised us deeply, and the results and the fighting over 10 years of war. It's not over."

The ceremony also paid tribute to police officers, firefighters and first responders.

Donations were collected for local vets.

Brown said the Veterans Program is always looking for donations to help homeless vets, families of soldiers, and soldiers that have recently come back who are in need of medical or psychological assistance.