WWII veterans to be honored with ceremony

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Hayden's World War II veterans will be honored at a special ceremony hosted by the Benjamin J. Hofstetter Post 89 of the American Legion on Memorial Day.

The commemorative ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Hayden Cemetery.

About 150 soldiers from Hayden fought in World War II. Of those, about 11 are living, Legion member Sam Haslem said.

Special certificates will be presented to those veterans and to the relatives of veterans who have died.

"All of a sudden, it dawned on us that we're getting awful scarce, and we should honor those who are still around," Haslem said.

Attendees also will place flags on veterans' graves. Taps will be played and muskets fired in honor of the soldiers.

"It's beautiful yet it's solemn," said Haslem, who is a Korean War veteran.

He is one of four generations of his family who has served in the military.

Between boating, shopping and partying, it's important for people to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day by honoring those who have fought for our country, Haslem said.

A hamburger supper at the Legion Hall will follow the ceremony.

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