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What Veterans Day Means to our Hometown Heroes Pt 1

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This week we spoke to veterans from World War II, the Vietnam War, War in Afghanistan, and Iraq War.

They told us why they think it is important to honor our veterans..

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tomorrow is veterans day... and while millions gather at parades and services across the country... we're going to be thinking of these two: don sherman and brehan harvill. (kelly) thanks for joining us tonight. the two soldiers whose stories we brought you earlier this week. sherman fought in the vietnam war... harvill did two tours in iraq and afghanistan. (meaghan) while the two soldiers fought decades apart... their stories are similar in some way. (kelly) fox 14's meredith avery sat down with them both-- telling us now what it means to serve our country. (kelly) it's first on fox tonight. (meredith avery reporting:) don sherman waited a long time to hear those five words... &lt;don sherman/vietnam war veteran> i've been thanked for my service more in the last five years than i was the first 35 years. it wasn't a popular thing when we got back from vietnam and you didn't get a very warm welcome. now when people find out you were in the military they thank you for your service. that just didn't happen 20 years ago. brehan harvill says she hears it all the time... but it's not something she necessarily needs. &lt;brehan harvill/ iraq&amp;afghanistan war veteran> it's nice to hear. because they are grateful and they are thankful. it's nothing that i look to get but it's nice to hear every once in awhile... not looking for it, you're welcome, i did it for my country. that's the difference between these military veterans... but these two have quite a bit in common-- like their thoughts on why veterans should be honored. &lt;brehan harvill/ iraq&amp;afghanistan war veteran> to honor all of our veterans. to give our respect. to remember our history and everything they have done for us. or none of us would be here today. &lt;don sherman/vietnam war veteran> they earned it. veteran's day you honor the veterans. memorial day you honor those killed in service. that's the right thing to do. sherman and harvill agree it's also an opportunity to spread a message to our youngest citizens. &lt; don sherman/vietnam war veteran> veteran's day is important. i think as much as anything it teaches the kids respect for the country, patriotism, 'good for the kids to see the vets out there. that's probably the best part about it. &lt;brehan harvill/ iraq&amp;afghanistan war veteran> it starts at a young age so they need to respect and honor and the history and why they are here today and to be grateful. (meredith:) both sherman and harvill also agree a strong military is key to maintaining our freedoms.... and they encourage others who are interested-- to join our military. live in studio, meredith avery, fox 14 news. (kelly:) the story is part of a series we are doing for veterans day.... veteran's day is tomorrow. there will be a parade at 9:00 am. it starts at 11th and polk and goes to 5th and harrison. for more information on other events going on... (kelly:) go to our website, my high plains dot com. (meaghan:) we're not done telling



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