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Veterans come together to honor past and present Submitted: 11/09/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray


MERRILL - Americans know the power of freedom.

But only a select few have fought to protect that right for all of us.

That's why one Northwoods community honored its veterans before the nation's holiday.

"Freedom is being able to sit here today among friends and not have to worry about being terrorized or threatened." said Veteran Foreign War Post 2687, Bill Burcalow.

That's something people at the Merrill Eagle Club know wouldn't be possible without veterans.

"As far as the freedom that we have today, we wouldn't have without these older gentleman serving in the second world war. Which we thought was gonna be the war to end all wars." Veteran, LeRoy Fischer.

Saturday's dinner honored veterans who serve and have served our country.

"This dinner we're having here is more less for honoring the veterans. We have this around the same time every year," Lincoln County Veterans Council coordinator, Russ Iwen said.

"This here is open to all the veterans from Lincoln County."

"People that come into the barbershop that haven't had a chance to serve because of whatever reason, who are so thankful, they always tell me when you get together with your guys, tell them thanks." Fischer said.

That helps remind veterans what they fought for.

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