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Ceremony honors military service members, past and present

Published On: Nov 11 2012 07:00:00 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 12 2012 06:35:01 PM EST

On this observance of Veterans Day, we're remembering those who've served in the armed forces.


On the observance of Veterans Day, many remembered those who've served in the armed forces.

They're the men and women who've made countless sacrifices to put our country first.

The national anthem echoed across the Cedar Crest campus of Lehigh Valley Health Network as staff member honored the nation's veterans.

"Our prayer today is in remembrance of those great warriors and others like them who gave up their tomorrows for the ideals that we value here today. The ideals for freedom. The ideals for justice and the ideals for peace," said Army Capt. Enrique Amponsah.

With their hands clutched to their chests or grasping flags, the spectators watch as Old Glory was unfurled.

"I have an uncle who died in Korea, got killed in Korea. My father served in Vietnam," said Victor Kocher.

While many people have veterans in the family, Monday was also an opportunity to thank complete strangers for their service.

"It makes me feel really happy. It makes me feel that people care," said Navy Petty Ofc. Jenny Lee Stewart.

When the ceremony was over, the Navy Honor Guard folded the flag.

Men and women have served and sometimes died during military service to their country, but Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Orlando Quintero said his service was inspired by everyday heroes.

"One of the reasons that I serve is to thank them for what they do because if it wasn't for the people of this great nation, we wouldn't be able to do what we do overseas, and that to me is what a hero is," said Quintero.