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Veteran's Gift of Words Memorializes Soldiers Lost

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Local veterans were remembered at a morning ceremony at City View Cemetery. Local veterans were remembered at a morning ceremony at City View Cemetery.

PASCO, WA - Local veterans were remembered at a morning ceremony at City View Cemetery.

When asked what the day means to them, the one word that came out of each veteran's mouth Monday morning was "somber." While the holiday is a time to think about how lucky many of our men and women were to return from their military service, they could not help but remember those that were not as lucky...those we now memorialize.

Some veterans held flags; some played taps or took part in the gun salute. For Edgar Hargrow his gift is his words. He prepared a speech for the service titled Freedom Is Not Free. He told us his inspiration was the men and women who he served with that paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"It makes me feel very proud to kind of in some way give voice to those who no longer have a voice," said Hargrow.

Hargrow pushes through his more painful memories on Veterans Day every year to speak publicly because he does not want the stories of his friends to die.

"War is very ugly. I try not to think about it too much anymore. I'm still a bit jumpy especially when they do that 21 gun salute."

He speaks to heal himself and others and to try and brighten those lights dimmed by war.

"It's something you had to do for your country and you have to live with it."

Hargrow is a professional paid speaker, but he told us Monday that Veterans Day is different. It is the one time a year he gladly offers his services for free.

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