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Today’s freedom: Paid by those who serve

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – 104-year-old Army veteran, Earl Geide is one of the hundreds of people who gathered at the South Dakota Veterans Cemetery on Monday, honoring those who gave their lives for our freedom.

“Well, we like to be honored like that,” Geide said.

“We wanted to honor our family members that have served and actually all the military personnel that have served,” Hartford, South Dakota resident Joy Hohn said.

“It was not until my own military service that I was able to wrap around not just my thoughts, but my heart around what the why of this day is so significant,” SD National Guard veteran Brooks Schild said. “The story that I know best is that of my little brother Rich who was the youngest of the Schild clan. Rich joined the National Guard and quickly moved up the ranks. He was a soldier’s soldier.”

Schild and his brother were deployed to Iraq in 2005. During that time, they fell under attack.

“Two men were killed and two were seriously injured. And in the chaos of the rescue and evacuation. I didn’t know that my brother was already gone. See my comrades, they were protecting me from that, knowing that we still had a job to do. In the worst of circumstances, that’s what soldiers do. They look after each other,” Schild said.

“We woke up here this morning, more blessed than 99% of the people in the world, just because we were here in the United States of America, the freedoms that we enjoy today are paid for by the blood of the men and women who made brave sacrifices on our behalf,” Gov. Kristi Noem said.

“It’s a great day to remember them and to honor them and their service for our country and what they did for us,” Hohn said.

“May God bless our fallen, our veterans, active military, their families. And may God bless the United States of America,” Schild said.

The Sioux Falls Lincoln High School band performed four songs at Monday’s service. The South Dakota State Veterans Cemetery is the first federally funded and state-owned and operated cemetery in South Dakota.

Written by: Badlands Classic Rock

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