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Sharon Thiemeke and Pat Hede of the Ralph Gracie American Legion Post 14 observe a moment of silence Monday after laying wreaths at the Greenwood Cemetery in remembrance of service men and women who have died. The ceremony was part of the Bemidji Memorial Day Program. Pioneer Photo/Molly Miron

Memorial Day: Dillon speaks in appreciation of men, women who serve in military

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From the posting of the colors to the final rifle salute and Taps, Bemidji's Memorial Day Program is a longstanding area tradition.

"I'm proud of you men and women in the service," said retired Navy airman Gene Dillon in his address Monday. "I'm proud to be an American. I'm proud to be a serviceman."

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