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Veterans honored at Fortuna tribute ceremony

FORTUNA- In Fortuna, veterans, family and friends gathered for a salute to the armed forces on Tuesday. Fortuna’s Senior Center hosted the tribute filling the city’s veterans building for an afternoon of remembrance. At the event, veterans were recognized with a musical salute and widows were applauded for their perseverance.

“I think that it's so important that we honor our veterans because without them, and without what they have done we would not probably be where we are today having our freedom,” said Carol Kinser, the program’s master of ceremonies.

The ceremony also featured a presentation by guest speaker, Sergeant Matthew Coleman. Sergeant Coleman served in Afghanistan under the California National Guard in 2012 and is a Fortuna High School graduate. At the event he shared with public his experiences of war.

“It’s really exciting for me to be amongst other veterans and especially the world war two, Korean vets. There's not many of them left,” Sgt. Coleman said. “There’s a few of those veterans here today and I’m excited to be amongst them.”