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Sioux Falls honors its fallen heroes

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It was first known as decoration day, the day families would place flags and flowers over the graves of fallen soldiers. Today, it's know as Memorial Day. All over Sioux Falls as well as the nation, veterans and civilians alike, gathered to show reverence to the men and women who never came home. At St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery, a mass to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Days like this are important in addition to being grateful but to reflect on what's happened in our lives and thank God for the gift of life for the experiences that allow us to live in freedom." said Bishop Paul J. Swain of the Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese.

At the VA, brothers and sisters in arms were honored for their years of service. Their memories and numbers are quickly fading. It's now through others their legacy is preserved .

"We need to keep the story going of what the veterans did in the past. World War II veterans are getting less and less all the time and Vietnam veterans are getting older we've got to remember these veterans and do not let this country forget what we served for our country to make it what it is today." said Dick Pickering, a Vietnam veteran of the US Navy.

Whether it was in the line of duty or time's inescapable grasp, this field has become the final resting place for many a fallen soldier.
Without saying a word, these stones speak volumes as that banner yet waves over the men and women who have earned their title of hero.
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