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Rochester Veteran's Day Program

November 12, 2018 05:09 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Veterans and their families were honored at the 18th Veteran’s Day program in Rochester Monday.

They ranged in age –from those who fought in WWII to recent veterans of the War on Terror – but what they had in common, is service.

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“They had a very nice program here today, honoring veterans of all ages. I believe the oldest was 104. And right up to the veterans of the current war on terror,” said Dale Wellik, a veteran from Dodge Center.

“It was very moving to see all the veterans here today. Both of my grandparents served as well as one of my uncles and one of my cousins,” said Elias Petri, a 16-year-old Cadet Captain with the Civil Air Patrol.

“My dad was a WWII veteran, had many uncles that were in WWII, and other family members that were in WWII and since,” Wellik said.

And he’s not the only one who comes from a family of service – so does Kay Swenson and her husband.

“We have all kinds of other families who have served in the past,” she said, “but the biggest one for us is our son who served in the Marine Corp and was killed in action April 2, 2010.”

For her, Veteran’s Day holds a deeper meaning.

“Well actually this was the last day that we spent with our son before he deployed to Afghanistan so for us, just nine years ago today was the last time we saw him,” she said.

“When you stick up and fight for somebody and would die for somebody, that’s really meaningful for me,” said Pete Peterson, a veteran of the Korean War.

While Kay has her son Curtis, a marine, on her mind today, he’s not the only one.

“He’s just one of so many people that served our country and did it for idealistic reasons and for him to stand out – yes, he paid the ultimate sacrifice, but to have him stand out on a day like this really isn’t fair to the ones who raised their hand as well,” she said.

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