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People all over the Heartland have been spending the weekend honoring all of the men and women who have given their lives in service to our country.

At the Fort-D historic site in Cape Girardeau folks gathered Sunday to recreate life in the Civil War.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Battle of Cape Girardeau.

Those on hand say it is important to come out and learn about our nation's bloodiest war.

"There's so many people today, whether their young kids or adults, that don't realize that this was the most dramatic and traumatic times in our country's history," said Greg Zelinske with the 17th Missouri Company. "And textbooks are one dimensional. You read it and that's it. You come out here, you get the experience the sound, the sites, the smell."

Organizers say Fort-D was nearly forgotten.

But over the past seven years, citizens have been restoring the site hoping to spread the story of the Battle Of Cape Girardeau.

And, more than 100 people gathered together atop a hill in Pope County, Illinois to observe Memorial Day on Sunday.

They gathered at the Temple Hill Church and Cemetery.

This year marks the 99th year that people from the small community have come together to honor their fallen soldiers who gave their lives for our country.

"The biggest thing for me would be the friends I lost in Vietnam," said Charles Edwards, a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran. "I lost a real close friend two weeks after we were there. I lost a one on my father's birthday. Those are the two that come up to me when I think about Memorial Day. I remember those two."

After the church service and the raising of the flag, they all sat down to enjoy a variety of home cooked foods under the new church pavilion.

Years ago, those who attended the service would gather under the big oak trees that used to line the south side of temple hill cemetery.

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