Merced Honors Veterans

Merced, Calif. The vigil wrapped up a day of events honoring Merced's Veterans. A large crowd gathered at the Courthouse Park Veterans Memorial to pay tribute to Veterans who served in the past and those who are serving now. Many Veterans are hoping the day's ceremonies will make a lasting impression. "I just want them to remember freedom isn't free," said Vietnam Veteran Ronald Grisby.

Thousands also lined the streets of downtown Merced for a parade earlier in the day. Though Veteran's Day is a day for all who have served, those who have made the ultimate sacrifice are on the top of many minds.

Back at Bob Carpenter Park, Lukas Hopper's friends and community members said it was important to show his family support. "Lukas was a hometown boy and I feel like he was all of our sons," said Sharon Baker of Merced.

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