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Remembering Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice
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Orchard Park, NY - Like most communities around the country, the Village of Orchard Park paused on Friday to remember and thank our veterans.  

Dozens of veterans from the Orchard Park American Legion Post 567 marched to the Village's Veterans Park to honor those who not only served before them, but the more than 1.4 million currently serving in US Armed Forces.

Family members like Wendy Winterhalter reflected on the ceremony with some emotions. She told 2 On Your Side she's been coming to this ceremony for years.

"My husband is a veteran, and my sister is actively serving now. She just finished a tour of duty in Afghanistan. It's her second tour, and so I hold this day very close in my heart," said Winterhalter.

Post 567 is made up of veterans who were either drafted to serve in Korea or Vietnam, or volunteered to serve in today's war in the Gulf and Middle East.

Retired US Air Force and Vietnam War Veteran Frank Ballesteros told us he was part of the generation that answered the call of duty when it was needed.

"Peace is not free. It comes at a cost, and it comes at a very high cost, and you have to go and do what you have to do," said Ballesteros.
 
John Stefko served in the Army during the Korean War. He told us that Veterans Day gives him a chance to think back on the service US Armed Forced provided for the country. When asked what he thought of Veterans Day and all the ceremonies he replied, "Most of us look at it from the angle that we're looking for any kind of recognition, but it it nice to hear people say thank you for what you did."
 
For military spouses like Wendy Winterhalter, its the bravery of the men and women in the military that makes Veterans Day more than just another holiday on the calendar. 

"I think everyone of us should remember the sacrifice that our veterans have made for our freedom, and without them we certainly wouldn't enjoy the freedoms and the liberty that we have," said Winterhalter.

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