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Remembering Fallen Soldiers At Rock Island Arsenal

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Thousands of people took in Memorial Day services at the Rock Island Arsenal by recognizing and remembering the blood, sweat and tears that were shed for our freedom.

"This is indicative of the patriotism and the community service that people have in the quad cities area to come out on a day like today to take the time to honor the service of our veterans and this great nation," said Lt. Gen. Michael Tucker with the Commanding General First Army.

Among those honoring our service members was Gina Block and her two children.

"My father is buried here at the cemetery," said Block.

Her father was a Vietnam veteran and worked at the Arsenal for many years.  She says he passed away three years ago and she's been coming to the memorial ceremony ever since. She's made it a habit of putting flowers on his grave.

"He'd be so proud. I actually joked earlier that I got here really earlier. He used to say to me, 'Sweet pea, on time is late for a leader. You need to get places early'," said Block.

That's exactly what she did.  She arrived at the ceremony two hours before it started. She says what's most important about today is we should never forget those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

"It's just right to come to these memorial services to show honor and respect for our fallen soldiers and for the soldiers that continue to serve and to come pay my respects to dad," said Block.

Those are the very principles she's passed along to her children.

"Not only did we get the freedom to be here, but we wouldn't have the rights, like we could be other people's slave if it wasn't for the soldiers," said Zenniphyr Bullock.
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