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Iowa Veterans Home hosts Memorial Day Service

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MARSHALLTOWN (KWWL) -

A tradition continued in Marshalldown on Memorial Day.  Veterans packed the Dack Dining Room for a program at the Iowa Veterans Home.

It was a day to honor those who sacrificed their lives for the sake of their country.

Ronald Carr is one of the 700 residents living at the IVH.

Carr never misses the Memorial Day Program, and participates by singing in the veteran choir.

"I'm singing what everyone feels.  The joy of being able to sing about America and sing about what we really are. Those songs and those words will remain deeply embedded in our hearts," said Carr.

The patriotic songs were followed by a tribute to military members past and present.

Keynote speaker, state representative Royd Chambers, traveled four hours from Sheldon to attend the ceremony.

Royd is an Air Force veteran and currently serves in the Iowa Air National Guard.

"It was important to me not just because I'm a veteran, but making sure that we are aware of the IVH's needs.  As chairman of the Veterans committee I serve, I certainly am dedicated to trying to do all we can for the veterans home," said Chambers.

Royd also applauded this generation of young men and women for enlisting.

"I find that these young people are the most dedicated, best trained troops that we've ever had.  It's good for the older generation to know that the young folks out there are still serving the country and doing so very well."

Ronald Carr agreed.

"Being an active solider you see those things take place as you go along in your career, sometimes tears at a funeral ceremony and sometimes you're just marching in a parade and you're thinking of all of this when you're participating in it. Being a member of the armed forces is a great sacrifice. Its a great joy," said Chambers.

U.S Congressman Bruce Braley was scheduled to speak at Monday's event but for some reason he didn't show.  No word from his office why didn't make it.

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