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Last day of state fair is dedicated to veterans
While military personnel enjoyed all the fair had to offer free of charge, their admission did come at a cost in the form of service to this country.
Of the nation's 23 million veterans, nearly 150–thousand of them live in Nebraska. Giving recognition to the people who work hard for our freedom is meaningful not only to them but to their friends and family as well.
"It makes you feel good when somebody comes up and thanks you for service. And you think well I've really done something then, but you never thought you'd done anything when you was in the war," said Bert Vonsbreckelsen, Veteran.
Drafted in the Korean war, Bert Vonbreckelsen was an eager draftee.
"I was ready to go. You learn discipline and you learn a lot about people," said Vonbreckelsen.
He's proud of his work overseas, but it wasn't smooth sailing upon his return.
"Oh, I was lost. You come home and things have all changed. But I made my commitment to come home and marry a gal," said Vonbreckelsen.
And he did. He's been happily married for nearly 60 years, with three daughters to show for it.
For John Jefferson, his war experience is hard to talk about.
"It's mind boggling, I can't really explain it," said John Jefferson, Veteran.
He's grateful for the recognition today.
"It was a great tribute to the servicemen and there's a lot of them that didn't make it," said Jefferson.
A memorial exhibit displays Nebraska's fallen heroes. A reminder of how real the sacrifice can be.
Alton Bossung's grandson is in the US Navy.
"The sacrifice they make for our freedom is one of the greatest values I cherish," said Alton Bossung.
Labor day could not be a more fitting day for the fair to recognize our soldiers.
"One of the greatest services, one of the greatest labors that we can recognize on this labor day is that of protecting our country. Making sure that the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy in our country at this point in time will continue into the future," said Roma Amundson.
Amundson added the day was in recognition of service and sacrifice of not only veterans, but their families too. It was the perfect way to end the fair.
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