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Honoring Veterans on Memorial Day

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Memorial Day is an emotional day for many, but the public's support makes it easier on troops and their families.

Thousands of people turned out for an emotional ceremony at Desert Lawn Memorial Park Monday, among them, a family who's spent two memorial days apart, and is just thankful to finally be together today to pay homage to those who serve.

Staff Sergeant Ricardo Santos has been deployed to Iraq twice, each time leaving his wife at home alone on Memorial Day.

Thousands of people turned out at local ceremonies to honor people like Santos, those who've served to protect our country.

Support that means more than anything when you're loved ones are deployed.

Each of the thousands of flags at Desert View represents someone who's served.

Names on the wall, those who've passed since their return from war.

They can't be with their families this memorial day, a feeling the Santos's never want to deal with again.

Part of Monday's ceremony was officially adding the names of local veterans who've passed away in the last year to this wall.

Thousands of names are already engraved on the wall, all of local veterans who've served to protect this country and since passed.

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