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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On Monday, the people of North Miami came out to honor local veterans for their service to our country.

“It’s a day of reflection to think back and see what our service members have given to the United States, to our country, to our communities as a whole,” says Army veteran Clarence Office Jr.

He works with the Miami VA and was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.

Now, he gives back by helping military members transition to civilian life.

“A lot of these kids come home and they don’t feel like they’re a part of anything. All they know is the military,” he explains. “I hope to let them know you are important. You are a part of this community, and, no matter what struggles you’re going through, we’re here to help.”

Because with that service comes sacrifice.

Community members came together with an understanding that with service comes sacrifice. People stood while the sound of Taps echoed through Griffing Park.

“We slept well last night, while they were on the job,” says Kenneth Each, a Vietnam veteran. He says the day is important to him, and he hopes everything will take a moment to remember the hard work and courage that paid for our liberties and way of life.

“Not to forget the fallen who have given their lives ever since the revolution. It means a lot to me.”

A wreath-laying ceremony at the Veterans Tribute Tower recognized those who answered the call, followed by a 21-gun salute by the North Miami Honor Guard.

Among those in attendance were local government officials, the North Miami High JROTC, and representatives from the local Veterans of Foreign Wars as well as American Legion.

Karli Barnett

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