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Area veterans honored in Chippewa Falls

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Some area veterans who stayed up to watch the election Tuesday night were treated to a free breakfast Wednesday morning in Chippewa Falls. It was part of a ceremony to honor those who fought for our country. We talked to a couple of veterans about sharing their stories with others.

"If we didn't do things like this, people would just kind of forget about it," said George Adrian, a World War II veteran.

Wednesday was a day of reflection for veterans in the Chippewa Valley.

"It's important, events like this, for the veterans to get together with their families and share some of their experiences and stories," Adrian said.

Chippewa Manor in Chippewa Falls held their annual veterans salute program Wednesday morning to honor those that served our country.

Included on the list were several Purple Heart recipients, an award that for some is a reminder of their dedication.

"It's something that you don't get up in the morning and think you're going to go get one, because you don't want to get one...you're going to be wounded to get it," said Adrian.

The ceremony included a 21-gun salute, Missing Man formation flyover, and World War II memorabilia.

"Seeing that brings back both good and bad memories. If you've ever sat behind a 30 caliber water cooled machine gun on a hill in Korea, you have something to talk about for the rest of your life. And we do! We share those experiences again 50 years later," said Korean War veteran Russell Vahlbusch.

This was the fourth time Chippewa Manor has held their Veteran's Salute ceremony. Many of the veterans who took part on Wednesday will be heading to Chippewa Falls schools for special programs later in the week.

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