By Bob Allen

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Veterans and their families gathered at the war memorial in Monessen to honor so many who have given so much to their country.

“Memorial Day is dedicated to the memory of such heroes, courageous men and women who have died while serving in the United States armed forces,” said high school student Dominic Zboyovsky.

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“May we never forget their sacrifices, they were and forever remain the rock on which our freedoms are built,” said keynote speaker Chris Buckley.

In a patriotic tribute, members of the Mid-Mon Valley Shipmates honored their fallen brothers.

“The toll of the ship’s bell reminds us of the reverence we owe our fallen shipmates,” Buckley said.

Former marine Jack Snyder, 88, fought in World War II and the Korean conflict.

“Today most people don’t realize and with an all-volunteer army, less people realize the sacrifice our military makes daily in order for us to maintain our freedoms,” Snyder said.

“I been to Iraq twice, some of the things that you see some of the things you experience it’s definitely the ultimate sacrifice that our troops have paid men and women both,” said Sgt. Herb Lippincott.

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This is a special day for Lippincott and his family. After four tours of duty, he’s glad to be home.

“I don’t know how many times I told my wife we’re moving out of Monessen, were leaving soon as I get deployed,” Lippincott said. “Where do I want to get back to? Monessen – this is home.”

Meanwhile, a 100th annual memorial day parade was held in Carnegie. It’s a fun event for families, but the true meaning will never be forgotten.

“Memorial Day is a chance for us to recognize the men and women in the military that have given their lives so we can enjoy our country,” said parade attendee Andy Hoke.

Many were there to say thank you to those who served in the military.

“My husband did my uncle did probably a lot that I can’t think of right now, but anybody that served, I’m certainly grateful to them,” Peggy Higgins said.

“Thank you veterans, thank you troops for all you do this day is for you,” said parade goer James Fanzo.

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