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Veterans, family honor fallen in Flint

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It was a somber Memorial Day in Genesee County, where local residents who died in past wars were honored for their service.

The mayor, along with veterans and families of the fallen, turned out at McFarlan Park on Monday.

"It's important. Freedom isn't free. It's very, very expensive," said Mike Bowen, an Army veteran.

Bowen served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He came with others to McFarlan Park in downtown Flint to honor and remember.

They gathered and spoke of soldiers, friends, brothers and sisters that didn't make it home.

"To me it's always been about devotion to those who have given the last full measure of devotion," Bowen said.

Columns circled the park with the names of those from Genesee County who've fallen during war.

"I wasn't from this area, so the names - I don't see the actual faces, but I see the faces of the ones I was with," Daniel McMahon said.

At the cemetery ceremony two more names were added to the Vietnam column.

"We want to recognize and remember every single one of these individuals who gave so much for us. And we'll continue to do that as this country continues to defend freedom around the world," said Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.

Memorial Day is the day set aside for those who didn't serve to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their freedom. Veterans said for them every day is Memorial Day.

The city also announced plans for a total renovation of McFarlan Park. They hope to expand the park to make room for more visitors as well as more room to honor veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

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