Carbondale residents honor our military this Veterans Day

(KFVS) - Despite the chilly Monday morning, more than 100 people turned out to Veterans Memorial Plaza in Carbondale to honor our military.

The VFW Post 2605 Color Guard opened the ceremony, followed by Commander Dick Kuehl's welcome.  Then, the Color Guard were back up to raise the flag for the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, sang by Laura Kucharik of Southern Illinois University of Carbondale.

Veterans from each war were asked to stand and be honored.  Family members were also asked to rise, because as Commander Kuehl pointed out, they celebrate and struggle with each up and down as their military member does.

Patricia Sanders was on hand with her father's World War I metal.  Sanders said her father, three brothers, husband, son and grandson have all served in the United States military.  She said she's proud to attend events like this one.

"It means the world to me. I'm just so proud of my family that has been taking care of our country for all these years," Sanders explained with a smile.

The event ended with a 21 gun salute to the dead, the playing of taps and prayer.

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