A salute to local veterans

FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Hundreds of veterans and their families gathered in Fruita as a sign of respect for those who served in the armed forces, and those that never made it back home.

As the sun rose over the UH-1 Huey helicopter at the memorial, nearly 400 people gathered at the event.

All of them, showing their support for veterans across the Grand Valley, with tomorrow being the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

While the ceremony was to show appreciation for all veterans, the majority of them served in the Vietnam War.

Vets at the memorial said they appreciate Veterans Day because of what that war took from them.

"When I came back from Vietnam, veterans were not respected at all. In fact, I took my uniform right off as soon as I landed at the airport," said Vietnam Veteran, Cliff Kramer.

"My brother was killed over in Laos in 1971, and what I wanted to do was give them all a welcome home, and that's what we've done. And on Veterans Day, we celebrate everybody's service," said Founder of Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park, Jim Doody.

Kramer also said he didn't even put his war service on a resume for years after he got back to the states, but now he's very proud to be a veteran, and hopes every vet is proud of their service.

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