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Veterans Day commemorated in Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

When hundreds gathered Friday morning at the Mystique Community Ice Center in Dubuque for a Veterans Day ceremony, there were some younger faces than normal in the crowd.

More than 300 middle school students attended, giving the chance to learn about veterans in a much more personal way.

"An event like this really helps to bring to life the experience of the veterans in a much more productive way then just reading the story. I think it's a much richer experience for them," said Katie Hannan, a 7th grade teacher.

Events like these are a reunion of sorts for the many veterans who gather to honor each others service and remember their fallen brothers.

"It's kinda neat, first of all I get to see a lot of people I haven't seen in a year. And it's kinda neat to see one's from the other wars that did serve and come back and talk about it," said Bob Feeney, a WWII veteran.

Feeney was the youngest of six brothers to join the military in the 1940's.

"I guess it was something that everybody thought they should serve. At that time it was different, because we all thought we have to serve," Feeney said.

Feeney's the only one left now, but events like this one remind him to remember.

"Yes you do, and what could've been. They should've been here," he said.

Thank you, veterans, for serving our country.

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