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December 7th, 2013 marked the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Empire of Japan.  And, today, the American Legion held a special remembrance ceremony at the Wellington Assisted Living in Minot. 

 There are currently 12 residents at the Wellington Assisted Living Center who have served our country in uniform during times of war.

 To honor them and other brave individuals who had to make the ultimate sacrifice, the American Legion Post #26 brought a special Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony to the Wellington.

 "This is our way of saying Merry Christmas to all of our veterans who are across the country," says Chaplain Richard Reuer, American Legion District 6-Post #26.

As the slide show presentation began to play, residents paid their respects to the 49 veterans who have passed away in the Minot area this year.

 Reuer says, "It will bring back some memories for them as well as feeling very honored to be here and to be a part of this program."

 The postmaster of the American Legion dedicated a special wreath as a memorial for the lives lost during the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

 "Watching it just not being there really tore me up to see something like that, but how much it brought our country together and it's a wonderful feeling being a veteran," says Reuer.

 For Kenneth Kramer who served 3.5 years in the Korean War, he says he's glad he was part of the U.S. Army.

 "We got a great country and if I had to, I would do it all over again, I would," says Kramer.

 And, as a way to honor those who currently serve the country, candles were lit one by one.

 The American Legion regularly puts on events and programs to honor local veterans who served the country in uniform.

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