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Members of an honor guard stood at the ready to give a 21-gun salute. Dewane Morgan of Park Rapids, left, was a member of "the walking dead" squad. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

War heroes celebrated at flag raising

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They were scared, skinny kids on foreign soil, hunkered down in trenches, bunkers and hastily-made shelters, dreading the sound of incoming enemy fire.

They went to war as volunteers expected to join up, and as draftees who had little choice.

Saturday, the now grown men and women gathered on a rural Ponsford hillside to remember those left behind and honor the flags they fought for. They celebrated each other as heroes, survivors and the lucky.

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