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Area veterans ride to remember the fallen

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

For some, Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer. However, area veterans are making sure the true meaning of the holiday isn't forgotten.

With the rumble of their engines and the nation's flag flying high, American Legion Riders from Post 64 and 1981 visited Sioux City's Calvary Cemetery. The group held a private service to honor Edward H. Monahan, the first Sioux City man to lose his life during World War I.

With a prayer and a moment of silence, the American Legion Riders from Sioux City gave tribute to those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

"We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the ones that were before us to make it possible for us to be here. They're the real heroes. The one's that are buried are the real heroes. We're just carrying on a tradition for them," said Roger Kaelke.

"It's an honor. It's an extreme honor for me, as much as all of these guys. There's no words that can really describe it. The only people that know the feeling are veterans," said Fred Reese.

After visiting Calvary Cemetery, the group headed east to Memorial Park Cemetery. There, they visited the grave of Duane M. Nelson, namesake of Post 1981 in Leeds.

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