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Veterans come together for 4th of July ceremony in Neillsville

NEILLSVILLE (WAOW) - Many people across Wisconsin are celebrating the 4th of July with grill outs and fireworks, but for our state's veterans, the holiday holds a special place in their heart.

"This is the greatest day of my life to be here on the 4th of July," said John George of Green Bay.

Veterans came together to honor each other at the Highground Veterans Memorial Park in Neillsville. They shared stories and prayers.

One veteran says he remembers his time served like it was yesterday.

"I experienced that the American soldier is the best in the world," said George.

George served in the 101st Airborne and fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. He says ceremony's like this are a time where a group of veterans become a band of brothers once again.

"It enlightens my mind,” said George. “It gets me into the situation where I can talk about it because most of the time I can't say anything."

Volunteers at the park who also served agree.

"It's a strange thing when you watch them,” said Kirk Rodman, the volunteer general manager. “They kind of glow. They're here with their buddies and their friends, making new friends."

As they came together to celebrate more than just fireworks.

"God bless America, and God bless the troops around the world," said George.

This was the 30th ceremony at the Highground Park. The park is run by volunteers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and it is free to visit.
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