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Veterans Day service at Riverside Park

See larger Sisters Zoe Hanley, 4, and Bailey Hanley, 7, of Bonita Springs, count the flags in the Aisle of Flags at the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs. The flag-lined walkway was recently designated as the Veterans Memorial Walkway. David Albers/Staff

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Sisters Zoe Hanley, 4, and Bailey Hanley, 7, of Bonita Springs, count the flags in the Aisle of Flags at the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs. The flag-lined walkway was recently designated as the Veterans Memorial Walkway. David Albers/Staff

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  • Bonita Springs resident and U.S. Navy veteran Alan Gifford visits with fellow veterans before the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs. David Albers/Staff
  • Auxillary Unit 388 secretary Betty Miller participates in the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs.  David Albers/Staff
  • Eleven-year-old Megan O'Neil, of Estero, listens to the speakers at the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs.  David Albers/Staff
  • U.S. Army veteran Frank Barletta, of Bonita Springs listens to the speakers at the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs.  David Albers/Staff
  • Six-year-old Madison O'Neil, of Estero, listens to the speakers at the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs.  David Albers/Staff
  • Maga Erpelding, of Bettembourg, Luxembourg, clutches the American Flag as she listens to the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs.  Erpelding, who is vacationing in Southwest Florida, was five-years-old when Allied soldiers liberated her hometown after four years of German occupation. 'I hold onto the flag because I feel part of America today. We feel honored to give tribute,' Erpelding said. David Albers/Staff
  • Bonita Springs VFW member Rick Leydecker plays Taps during the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs. David Albers/Staff
  • Bonita Springs residents Harold Green, left, and Richard Caggiano listen to the playing of Taps during the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs. David Albers/Staff
  • Bonita Springs resident Stacy Reed prays at the conclusion of the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs. David Albers/Staff
  • U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant Ivan Lainez speaks at the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs.  David Albers/Staff
  • Bonita Springs resident Joseph Ballmann, 87, shares stories of World War II with special events & park coordinator Arleen Sheehan before the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs. David Albers/Staff
  • Early birds stake out their seats before the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs. David Albers/Staff
  • Bonita Springs firefighter Jared Carey stands at attention during the Pledge of Allegiance at the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs.  David Albers/Staff
  • Sisters Zoe Hanley, 4, and Bailey Hanley, 7, of Bonita Springs, count the flags in the Aisle of Flags at the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs. The flag-lined walkway was recently designated as the Veterans Memorial Walkway. David Albers/Staff
  • Auxillary Unit 388 secretary Betty Miller participates in the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs.  David Albers/Staff
  • Bonita Springs residents John Roberts, Sr. and his wife, Sandra Roberts, take in the scene of the Aisle of Flags before the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs. A flag in the memorial is dedicated to the couples' son, John Roberts, Jr. who was killed in an accident at Fort Campbell in 1993. The flag-lined walkway was recently designated as the Veterans Memorial Walkway. David Albers/Staff
  • U.S. Army veteran Gene Guydosik, left, and Canadian Army veteran John Freeman, right, visit together at the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs. Both men are veterans of the Korean War.  David Albers/Staff
  • Bonita Springs firefighter Juvert Calero stands at attention during the Pledge of Allegiance at the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs.  David Albers/Staff
  • Dixon, Ill. resident and Korean War veteran Henry Wohrley is recognized as a U.S. Marine at the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs.  David Albers/Staff
  • Bonita Springs mayor Ben Nelson speaks at the Veterans Day service at Riverside Park on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in Bonita Springs.  David Albers/Staff

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