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Troops honored in Memorial Day parades, services

Staff Sgt. Ray Priem, who has served in the Army Reserves for 24 years, spoke at the Memorial Day celebration Monday in Detroit Lakes.

"He wasn't nervous going there (Iraq), but he's pretty nervous right now," Commander David Coalwell said as he introduced Priem.

Priem, who has served in Afghanistan and Iraq, said he missed his son most while being gone. He also mentioned how it is good to be from Detroit Lakes, a community that is so supportive of the military.

"While the media focuses on the sad in Iraq, we see the positive," he said of his fellow soldiers.

While serving in Afghanistan, Priem helped rebuild roads and a school and bring water to citizens.

"We're on the right track to helping this country," he said.

And while it's the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, it's the people back home fighting for the soldiers that matter.

"Positive support is needed and appreciated for soldiers over there," he said.

"God bless you for caring enough to be here today," he said to the crowd gathered around the city's band shell.

The Detroit Lakes annual Memorial Day celebration included a parade, decorating of the symbolic grave and rifle salute.