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George Peters gave the keynote address at the ceremony dedicating the new veterans park in Detroit Lakes on Friday.

In years of combat, Peters earned four bronze stars, 4 purple hearts

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It's only fitting that George Peters gave the keynote address Friday at the ceremony inaugurating the veterans memorial park downtown.

He joined the Army when he was just a skinny 16-year-old off the farm in Cape Cod, Mass., and spent a long, honorable career in the military. He was usually in the thick of the fighting, starting in Korea in 1951 and going on to serve three tours of duty in Vietnam.

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