Veterans Day Memorial Service

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

It's a something we can't say enough. Thank you for your service.

Many people know  someone who's served, and even paid the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. It's why the United States celebrates Veteran's Day.

It was a cold, rainy morning this Veterans Day, but it didn't stop local vets from gathering at Veteran's Memorial Park.

One of the men in the small crowd was Dan Winegar. 

Winegar is a Veteran, he served in the Army National Guard in 2004, fighting in Iraq. It's where he met some of his best friends.

"This book is full of my heroes," Winegar said.

One hero he'll never forget is his platoon mate, Sergeant Derrick Lutters. Sgt. Lutters was killed in the line of duty.

"He was on a convoy to Baghdad and a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device pulled up beside him and detonated," Winegar said. 

Sergeant Lutters is one of the main reasons Winegar visits the memorial every year. He's also been bringing his son who's named after his fallen friend.

"I would hope that my son would be just like him. Smiling constantly and just living life to the fullest."

The theme of the morning ceremony was brotherhood.

"It's a band of brothers and sister and you get to stop and honor the Veterans today and hear their stories was incredible," Keynote speaker, Colonel Josh Olson said.

Winegar said this day is a perfect reminder that without Sergeant Lutters, and others who serve our country, we wouldn't have our freedoms, and he wouldn't have a brotherhood of a lifetime.

"Every guy standing there that served knew exactly what he was talking about and we're going to have that feeling the rest our lives. That brotherhood," Winegar said. 

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