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Veterans march across Lincoln

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By: Hannah Paczkowski

Dozens of men and women marched from Memorial Stadium to the Veterans Memorial in Antelope Park. Among them was Samuel Truax; an Army veteran who served in the Korean War in 1956.

"I'm walking to honor that service, the service of all the guys that were there with me," he said.

These men and women are hoping to put the word 'veteran' back in Veterans Day.

 "They use it for a holiday and sales and everything else and don't remember the veterans.. so this is a veterans walk of remembrance," Vietnam veteran Gailen Young said.

Colonel James Randall is a retired Tuskegee airman. Today he shared his story with the veterans who marched across Lincoln, and held a ceremony at the Auld Rec Center.

 "In the southeast Asian war, I was shot down, they always want to know about that story," he said.

A story, about 50 years ago, he wasn't sure he'd ever be able to tell.

"I got hit, and there was an explosion in the section and I suspected I was in trouble. I said 'Oh my goodness, I am not going home tonight,'" he said.

Some say Randall's experience is one many veterans can relate to.

"In many cases the society is drifting away from the things that we really stood for when we were doing our duties. We do want to remind them that it does take a little effort to establish the American values," Truax said.


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