Christine D'Antonio reporting

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The words “in honor of those who served” say it all at a Mt. Lebanon Veterans Memorial.

Words that, for families with young children, teach them about the sacrifice people in their town and all over the country made. The National Anthem rings out in a community who on Memorial Day starts a tradition with its first official ceremony here.

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“I was in Iraq,” James Cannon said. “I was in two different branches of the military, I’ve known a lot of people who’ve died. Not from Mt. Lebo, but in general and to see something like this in my hometown and see people participate and still be willing to step up and help it’s rewarding.”

James Cannon who served as master of ceremony says the $500,000 memorial off of Cedar Boulevard was a 3-and-a-half-year labor of love that started in 2008 when a World War II veteran asked for a proper place to pay respect to those who gave so much.

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Names of the fallen from Mt. Lebanon from all conflicts of war adorn the wall reminding us all that Memorial Day isn’t about a day off from work or school but to remember the lives lost.

“In combat and stuff you lose them,” Andy Gavel said. “You think about them on memorial day and even people who weren’t in combat who still were in the military you think of them.”

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