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Veterans celebrated and honored in special ceremony

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Each year hundreds of veterans, servicemembers and people from the Quincy community take time off to remember the sacrifice our veterans made.

The tradition continued Monday at the Illinois Veterans Home.

With great care and respect, Korean War veteran Albert Sohn marched the Stars and Stripes to the front of Lippincott Hall.

"I've been doing this for about 20 years now," said Sohn.

Sohn spent a year in an artillery unit in Korea. He said every Veterans Day, standing alongside fellow veterans, he thinks back to some old war memories.

"I remember being flown in at midnight and going on trains and getting loaded in trucks, and they took us to the front line," Sohn said. "We lost a lot of men over there, and I lost a lot of good friends and buddies of mine."

For Marine Corps Veteran Al Schlosser, spending an hour side-by-side with other veterans reminds him of a different time.

"We were kind of re-hashing that we could go to Vietnam," Schlosser said. "We would sit and we would talk about what would we do when we got there. And he went, but I didn't."

Speakers at the event told veterans that any basic right celebrated by Americans is thanks to them.

"It is the veteran, not the preacher, who gives us freedom of religion," said Master Chief Chris Scarano of the United States Navy. "It is the veteran, not the reporter, who gives us freedom of the press."

Schlosser said the day wasn't just about the recognition; it was also about the sacrifice.

"I just think about what has happened and what could happen in the future and the strength that we need," he said.
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