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A new medal cast by McLean County in honor of veterans

Thu, 08 Nov 2012 18:19:14 CST
By: Rachel Darling

McLean County Veterans will change the way they observe Veterans Day this year. Vets at the county ceremony Sunday will pass a medal cast by the County from hand to hand in honor of veterans of the13 military conflicts from World War One till now. American Legion Post 56 Commander Mike Moffitt says he hopes emphasizing more than World War Two will bring attention to younger veterans. He says soldiers coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq return in a different manner than veterans of previous struggles.

"When they are released they don't come back as a unit. They come back as an individual. There is nobody even to welcome them sometimes. And when the other wars ended they came back in their dress uniforms. These young people are still coming back in the battle fatigues they might have been in forty eight hours earlier."

Moffitt says he hopes that the passing of the medal, a shared moment of silence and signs representing the individual conflicts instead of the usual speaker will foster a sense of unity and recognition.

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