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Memorial Day Parade and service held in Ferndale

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FERNDALE- America’s veterans were honored with a Memorial Day Parade, which has been held in Ferndale since 1886.

Veterans from every American war since World War II marched down Main Street. Those veterans include members of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Ladies Auxiliary, and the Native Sons of the Golden West joined in on the parade.  A pilot in the California National Guard, Chris Renner, says the amount of support shown in Ferndale for America’s veterans is moving.

"We enjoy our freedom 365 days a year, but that freedom is paid for.  So Memorial Day is just one day of the year to set aside an entire weekend to honor those people who have paid for that price," said Renner.

"It's so hard to put into words sometimes the emotion that one feels, just how grateful we really are as Americans for those wonderful soldiers and everything I do I think about them.  And I do it because of them, because I have the freedom to do so," said David Iversen, who lives in Fortuna.

After the parade, people gathered at Ferndale Cemetery for a memorial service. A 21-Gun Salute and the sounds of patriotic music echoed the grounds. Multiple veterans spoke about the sacrifices the men and women make in America’s armed forces, and people had the opportunity to pay respects to soldiers who went missing in action.