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Ceremonies across Nevada mark Memorial Day

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Fallen veterans were honored across the state as Nevada marked Memorial Day.

Palm Mortuary and Cemetery in Las Vegas hosted its 49th Annual Memorial Day Service Monday in conjunction with the American Legion. The event drew state and local leaders as well as the veterans and those who wanted to honor the fallen vets.

"There are so many who fought and died for our country and I want my kids to understand that and know that it doesn't come without a price," Emily Herrera said.

Her grandfather was a bomber pilot in World War II. She and her brother attend the event every year.

"I always get emotional seeing my grandpa after all these years and how much it still means to him" Stephen Mendenhall said.

For Joe Johnson, a Vietnam veteran, it's a similar feeling when he brings his two grandsons to the service.

"It's fantastic. We want them to get this experience and continue it with their kids," he said.

Nick Demes and his wife and two young daughters come every year to pay their respects to Nick's uncle, a soldier killed in Vietnam.

"Never met him. I wasn't even born."

His uncle's story of passion and courage motivated Demes to also join the army. He doesn't know if it will have any impact on his daughters, but he says, heroes like his uncle are the reasons his daughters can choose their future.

Since 1775, more than 1 million military men and women have died serving their country.

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