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Dubuque veterans celebrate, reflect on service

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Cold weather and potential snow didn't stop hundreds of local veterans and their families on Veterans Day.

Dubuque's American Legion Post 6 hosted its annual Veterans Day observance, and for the third year in a row, had to move it into nearby Mystique Community Ice Center to account for bad weather.

The ceremony featured many staples of a military program, including the placing of the POW-MIA cloth on an empty chair, taps played on the bagpipes, and a guest speaker.

Dick Kies, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, spoke about his time as a soldier and his time as a veteran.

He told the story of how he was injured in an ambush in Vietnam, and how that ended his career. He said somewhere in the mix of all that commotion, his name was misreported as killed in action, and his name added to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. 

It went unnoticed for 31 years.

His family, of course, knew he was alive. But he said he got a lot of calls from old buddies happy to hear he was alive once they had heard the news.

His sister, Sallie Parman, was there for the speech, and agreed it was quite a surprise when they found out that his name was on the wall.

"We were definitely surprised," she said. "We didn't know his name was on the wall for I don't know how many years."

Noticeably absent from the ceremony was the presence of young veterans. 

Amy Hulsizer, an Army veteran that served in the Iowa National Guard for 10 years and spent a year in Iraq, says she thinks it comes down to comfort.

"It's humbling hearing all the 'thank you's,'" she said.  "You feel like you didn't do anything, so you don't think you deserve them. I mean, they're nice, but definitely humbling."

The ceremony lasted just under an hour. Afterwards, veterans were invited back to the American Legion Post for a chili feed.

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