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Legion honors veterans with annual ceremony

At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 2011, American Legion Post #80 conducted its annual Veterans Day ceremony in front of a large crowd.

The event included patriotic songs, several prayers and the reading of the names of local members who passed away over the past year. The ceremony concluded with a rifle salute outside the post's building.

State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and State Rep. John Murtha were on hand to say a few words to the group. They also presented the post with a new flag, flown in Post #80's honor over the state capitol on Nov. 10, 2011.

Harsdorf said she was honored to be part of the day's ceremonies. She thanked the veterans for their service to the United States.

"Let us not forget to thank our veterans each and every day for the sacrifices they make and their families make," she said.

Murtha said the nation's freedoms remain thanks to those willing to fight.

"How grateful we all are to our veterans," he said.

He said the state and nation is facing many challenges today, and he encouraged everyone to speak out about the direction our society is heading.

"As hard as things seem," he added, "this is still the best place in the world to live."

Post #80 Commander Ed Cooper helped lead the ceremony. He reported that the local organization has broken its all-time membership record, set in 1957.