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Levy gathers to honor veterans

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Levy County residents came out to show their support for veterans, lining the sidewalks for a parade on Thursday afternoon and then coming together at the Trailhead Park for a flag-raising ceremony and more.

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   Chiefland Police Department's own Officer of the Year, James Yanok, was the speaker for the event.

   Yanok enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 2006 and worked to achieve his current rank of staff sergeant in February.

   He does a lot for the CPD and he expects a lot out of him, Chief Robert Douglas said of Yanok. But most of all, he appreciates Yanok.

   "They're ordinary people who responded in extraordinary ways," Yanok said of those who have and are serving the country.

   Yanok recognized veterans and their families and thanked them for their efforts.

He said veterans are of all walks of life, but have many things in common, such as courage, pride, bravery and dedication to the cause and encouraged people to remember, honor and show gratitude for those who served our country.

It's something he holds very close to his heart, Yanok said after the presentation.

"It's something I think we overlook in this country, how important our veterans are," he said.

Douglas closed out the program by recognizing the Campbell and Thorsen families, having any who were present stand up.

"We love our vets and want to honor them," Douglas said.