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Memorial Day observed with service at Black Hills National Cemetery

With all the excitement of nice weather and a day off from work, it can be easy to get swept up in the holiday weekend.
But Memorial Day is a time to reflect on those who died to make us free.

A man and a woman sat in front of each other in makeshift rows. They didn't know each other before Monday, but they share a great deal. Each have a father who died a hero.

"He passed away in July in 2003," said Paul Carroll, about his father-in-law. "He passed away May 14 of this year and we did his burial May 21," said Jacque Blaha, of her father. 
Five days ago Blaha laid her veteran father to rest. Monday she attended the Memorial Day service at Black Hills National Cemetery for the first time. "Now that I have lost my dad, it's a whole new thing," said Blaha. "It's that respect; honoring those who have fallen for us."

While Blaha attended the service for the first time, Carroll is going on 25 years. "I've enjoyed the whole thing, and being here with other veterans' families," said Carroll. He sat in the shade, watching as groups laid wreaths to honor his family members - our heroes. "Every man in my wife's family, brother-in-laws, have all served in the military," said Carroll, tearing up. "So we're really proud of our service and everyone who serves the country."

A teary reminder showing what Memorial Day is all about.

A traditional service was held at 11:00 a.m. and a Native American ceremony at 1:00 p.m.

Srey Austin, director of Black Hills National Cemetery, says she expected around 20,000 people this weekend.
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