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Day's friends remember his legacy

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Saturday's memorial gave those who knew Day closely a chance to share their memories and thoughts about Bud.

They brought pictures they took with the hero, along with stories.

Many said Bud made an immediate impression on their lives, one that will not soon be forgotten.

"I just remember him as a good man, you could just tell his spirit was for the county and for the human beings. He was just a great guy," said Former Airport Board Chairman Vince Kramper, who got to know Day during the dedication of the airfield in his honor.

While Day may best be known among civilians for his highly decorated military career, the fight he took on in Washington, over veterans benefits, is also greatly admired.

It was a battle Day's friends say he embraced.

"His achievement in life wasn't a POW, surviving it yes, but coming out with the attitude he had for the men and women that were serving, that were still out there fighting, to make sure that every man and women that serves in the military deserves the benefits that they fought for," said Day's friend R. Doc Zortman.    

Day took his fight for life-time health care for veterans to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Although he lost, many of the changes Day championed were ultimately adopted by Congress.

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