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Veteran talks about the grim realities of war

Geraghty also recalled his uncle Bill who was on the U.S.S. De Haven destroyer when it was bombed and sank due to Japanese fire. Geraghty's uncle survived, after spending hours in the frigid ocean in February. Geraghty's father Elihu and uncle Randy also served in conflicts.

In a prayer during the ceremony, American Legion 446 Auxiliary Chaplain Fran Poltanis urged all to work toward resolving conflict, rather than suffer the violence of wars.

"Touch the soul of people in every land to form a brotherhood so their differences might be resolved," she said.

Legion Commander Carson Parker also called for efforts to resolve conflict.

"We shall go forward together in a unity of purpose for the common good, in tolerance for those of different faiths and creeds," he said as flags waved under bright skies.

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