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WWII veterans remember fallen comrades

Rochester, N.Y. -- Monday was a day to recognize those who have fought for our freedom.

"How proud I am for what they've done and how they've done it," said Karen Herniak while she watched the Memorial Day parade in Rochester. "(They) gave up so much of their life to save us."

The theme of the day was remembering the service men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

"I lost a few comrades over there, in Germany, France, especially in France," said World War II Army veteran George Werner.

A number of World War II veterans sat along parade routes across Monroe County, all with their own reason for being there.

"I feel quite fortunate, and I give a lot of credit to the airmen who went before me," said Harley Burgess, who enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1943.

"(We) shouldn't forget those guys who got hurt," said Jack O'Blein, who served in the Army in World War II. "I was never in harm's way. I served fortunately at the end of the war."

"I think of my Dad," said World War II Navy veteran Charlie Kohlman. "He was in five major battles of World War I infantry."

"I remember a lot of guys, a lot of people great people," said World War II Navy veteran Ernie Swingle. "We were all kids."

Kids who became men while fighting for our country.

"It makes me proud to be an American," said parade goer Larry Knapp. "It makes me proud to be here to honor them."

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Washington Times