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Paynesville Press - November 1, 2006

Soldiers remembered on Veteran's Day

By Addi Larson and Michael Jacobson

Bill Ryan Gifts to remember on Veteran's Day, according to combat-wounded veteran Bill Ryan, who was the guest speaker for school programs on Monday afternoon, include friendship, faith, and loveŠfreedoms Americans enjoy thanks to the sacrifices of her veterans.

Ryan (left), who was wounded in Vietnam and is a retired ag teacher at PAHS, gave his account of his military service and wounding and urged the students to remember veterans and to be prepared to serve themselves if called. "Hold your head high, wear your uniform proudly, and fight with all the strength you have," he told the students, adding that America believes in its youth and predicting great things for the students in the future.

Singers Because Veteran's Day (Nov. 11) fell on a Saturday this year, celebrations were split between last week and this week.

Eighth graders Greta Keller and Megan Wuertz sang "America Our Home" with the PAMS Seventh and Eighth Grade Choir on Monday afternoon.

Pay tribute to veterans by remembering them, urged Legion commander Larry Alstead at the annual Legion lunch on Friday. Americans have fought in 11 wars to provide the nation with security, which does not come cheaply, he added. Veterans should be honored for giving so much to provide freedom to the nation, he said.

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