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Several people gather to honor veterans

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Every November 11th America honors its veterans and remembers those who have died while serving our country. While veterans day is not until Sunday, events already are underway. Dozens of military personnel and civilians found ways to recognize those who have served our country.

Allen Cheek is a Deputy Director of Contracting for the United States Army. As he and dozens of others placed American flags at the head stones of fallen veterans at the Veterans Cemetery in McClellan, he says he felt humbled.

"To look back at an area especially like this, it's especially sobering to wonder what the lives of these people were and also think about the lives that they've impacted," said Cheeks.

He didn't have to go far to find a person whose life was impacted by one of these people.

"For 30 years he was stationed our here at Fort McClellan," said Norbert Bergstresser.

His father is laid to rest here.

"I think he would be honored and pleased with all the veterans being remembered in such a way," he said.

A few miles away from the cemetery a group of quilters not only wanted to honor veterans, but keep them warm.

"Our veterans need to be welcomed with quilts to let them know that Pell city is proud of what they did for their country," said Margaret Rose.

In the Pell City, at the Colonel Howard veteran home, more than 200 quilts are being stored ready to be handed out to veterans during the home's grand opening.

"I hope that they see it as a thank you for their service and that they know that we love them and what they did for our country," she Rose.

ABC 33/40 was told the veterans home will open soon, hopefully within the next few months. As veterans enter, they will be handed a quilt.

For more information about events in you area go to nationalveteransday.org

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