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South Dakota Family With Members In Each Branch Of Military

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They may be one of the most patriotic families you'll ever meet.

Bill and Nila Serfling of Chelsea, South Dakota boast everything from flags to pictures of military memorabilia, and all of their children have served in the military.

Life after high school started in the military for all of the Serflings, but each of them took a different route.

An American flag whips in the wind just outside Bill and Nila Serflings home; a flag that once weathered the wind and sands of the Iraqi desert.

It was a gift from their son who served overseas.

But the Serflings patriotism doesn't just run in the stars in stripes, its right in their own flesh and blood.

"We enjoy a freedom in our country that no other country has, and it's because of people like them and that's why we have to respect what they do." Bill Serfling said.

Four children in all four branches of the military; James Serfling served in the Air Force, Jason Serfling in the Navy, Jessica Serfling in the Army National Guard and Jeremiah Serfling in the Marines.

It isn't something many have heard of, but for the Serflings; who have no military history of their own, it was a choice they left up to their kids.

"These were their choices, now it's our job to support them and thank god there's people like them that go and do these things." Bill Serfling said.

In the front of their home flags of all branches of the military blow in the wind; a visible reminder for those who have given their lives for their country.

"I think a lot of people are patriotic but, they're not really willing to let a lot of their kids actually sacrifice. And by us putting our flags and stuff out, I think people really think about it when they're driving down the road." Nila Serfling said.

Two of the Serflings are still in activity duty, the others now attend college here in South Dakota.

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