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How Rochester honored veterans
Rochester, N.Y. -- Alexander Arthur Junior may have a little trouble walking, but he has no trouble remembering his service to his country. He served in both World War II and the Korean War.
"I was lucky, I came back alive." Arthur told 13WHAM. We asked him what he thinks about on Veterans Day. "I think about all the vets that didn't come back and their families honoring them."
84-year-old Don Walters served in the Navy during the Korean War. He said to him Veterans Day means "Sacrifice." Walters said we honor those who served, those who died fighting and those who are still serving. He told us: "To do everything we can to maintain peace throughout the world."
Mayor Thomas Richards recalled his own service in Vietnam. He said when he returned home in 1969, he wanted to put everything behind him, But now he said he realizes how important it is to honor and thank those who serve our country. "It's serious business," Richards told the crowd gathered at the Blue Cross Arena.
Vietnam Veterans there said it's important to salute all veterans and to remember that not all died in combat. Mike General said a lot of his friends came home from Vietnam but then died of illnesses related to Agent Orange exposure.
25 wreaths honoring Veterans Groups were presented and placed near an eternal flame, in a ceremony to honor our local veterans for their service.
The ceremony concluded with veterans joining hands and singing God Bless America.