Veterans Honored in Annual Ceremony

Nov 11, 2013 7:43 PM

The Northern California Veterans Cemetery was not a site for grieving today, but for celebration, as hundreds gathered to take part in the annual Veterans Day Ceremony.

"For me, simply honor, courage, dignity, respect, to remember all who have served this great nation and helped to build a great nation," said Air Force Veteran Mike Coffey, who helped to put on the event.

This is the eighth consecutive year that the cemetery has hosted the service.

Veterans from all over the North State look forward to attending every year.

"I think it lets the younger generations realize that really freedom is not free. Somebody had to win that freedom for them, and it's a continuing job. It never really ends," said Phil Cypret, who served in the Army, the Air Force, and the Coast Guard.

One of those individuals was William Applegate Sr., a decorated Army hero who passed away just two months ago.

"I'm just so unhappy that he isn't here today. He did a lot for the country, and I'm glad that they have a nice place here for the veterans to be buried in, and I intend to be with him one of these days," said his widow Pat Applegate.


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