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Ruben Hoglund, past commander of the local Disabled American Veterans chapter, delivers the Memorial Day address Monday during the annual ceremony at the Willmar Auditorium. The ceremony was moved indoors from Fairview Cemetery due to the weather. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Americans gather to honor the fallen

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ATLANTA — Americans gathered at memorials, museums and monuments and the president laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen service members on Memorial Day, as combat in Afghanistan approaches 12 years and the ranks of World War II veterans dwindle.

“Let us not forget as we gather here today that our nation is still at war,” President Barack Obama said after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

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