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Ceremony pushes to raise veteran awareness


Brian O'Connor/ Wrangell Sentinel

Wrangell veterans salute the colors during a ceremony to honor them Monday at Wrangell High School. The event honored Vietnam Veterans twice and aims to raise awareness for enrollment with the Veterans Affairs Health Service.

Veterans, spouses, and family members congregated at Wrangell High School Monday evening for a ceremony that was one part commemorative and one part functional.

The commemoration came first. Veterans were honored for their service to the country with speeches and commemorative coins, part of a longstanding tradition that has risen to prominence among more recent veterans. The commemoration also included a traditional "empty table" memorial display for veterans who could not join the ranks for the memorial, which included a lit candle and a bell.

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