Young, old show appreciation for veterans at ceremony - WNEM TV 5

Young, old show appreciation for veterans at ceremony

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A Veteran's Day celebration in Flint spanned generations. Young and not so young gathered to honor the men and women who fought for their freedom.

"They just approach you and they say, 'I love you and I thank you for what you've done for this country,'" said Eddie Booth, Vietnam veteran.

Booth was one of many who gathered at McFarlan Veterans Memorial Park.

"I love seeing the kids come out here. This is the third or fourth time they've been here for us," said Josh Mishler, park chairman.

Derrick Towns is one of those kids. He said he appreciates those who put their lives on the line to protect the country he lives in.

"I'm thankful for them fighting for us. And if they wouldn't have fought for us, we wouldn't have this free world," Towns said.

One of the more notable features of the park is the eternal flame.

"It's honoring the dead and the live service people. The ones that made it and the ones that didn't," said George Lemieux, founder of the flame.

He led the effort to get the flame of freedom installed in the 1960s.

"It means a whole lot. I just really can't express all the meaning to it," Lemieux said.

As for Booth, he's glad his fellow veterans are getting the recognition they deserve.

"After all these years it's just good to be appreciated," Booth said.

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