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County fair pays tribute to veterans

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A salute, and a flag fly high above the Saginaw County Fairgrounds.

The start of the Saginaw County Fair began with a moment to remember those who gave their lives for freedom.

“For they won't be forgotten, the ones that have been passed away and given their lives,” said veteran Dennis Kettle.

At the entrance to the fairgrounds is a sign, with names of those in Michigan who gave that sacrifice in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

For Kettle, a Vietnam veteran, it's heartwarming to see the tribute.

“The rough hard times, for those boys over there in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Kettle said.

Pastor Darold English sang a special song about the Vietnam memorial at the ceremony.

“I was in Vietnam and the wall was very special to me that there were that many people that give their lives for a cause that's not always accepted back here, but they did it anyway,” English said.

Veterans raised the flag, and a mother of a fallen soldier placed a wreath on the memorial.

The appreciation didn't stop with the ceremony, all day long veterans were able to attend the fair for free.

A local student sang the national anthem, something she said a lot of people don't pay enough respect to.

“I don't think younger people really care anymore, I feel like they should more than they actually do,” said Destinee Anderson-Hayden.

The Saginaw County Fair is open, but before the fun began, many felt the moment was important to take.

“It is fantastic because it helps the town, the community and it's good for everybody to remember,” English said.

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