Never forget: Veterans, loved ones remember the fallen

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Never forget.

On Veterans Day, those who fought in defense of liberty and their loved ones convened at Ketring Park's World War II Memorial to keep memories alive.

Memories of those like the members of Littleton's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4666 who passed away in the past year.

Warriors like John Youtman, who served in the 91st Infantry in Italy in World War II, and earned a Bronze Star for evacuating wounded comrades. Youtman died last April at age 94.

Or William Bagwell, who survived two crashes of his A-1 Skyraider attack plane over Vietnam and served 24 years in the Air Force. Bagwell passed away in October at age 87.

As the microphone was passed among audience members, voices quavered as they recalled the names of other fallen veterans.

Mayor Jerry Valdes recalled the names of ancestors who served in conflicts as far back as the Spanish-American War.

“We must never forget what our veterans went through,” Valdes said. “From the bitter winter of 1778 at Valley Forge, to the doughboys in the trenches in the First World War, to the Marines in hand-to-hand combat on islands in the Pacific, to those in the hazy jungles of Vietnam or the hills and deserts of Afghanistan and Iraq. We owe them all a great debt of gratitude.”

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