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A proud veteran salutes during the national anthem at Friday’s Veterans Day remembrance at the Payson High School Auditorium.

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Grief, grins provoke tears on Vets Day

Payson man gets a Purple Heart 66 years late as community honors soldiers who survived everything from D-Day to car bombs in Iraq

The children made them grin. The video made them cry. And Bill Deerfield’s Purple Heart made them stand up and cheer. All told, hundreds of tough-as-nails veterans of the D-Day landings, Chosin Reservoir, Vietnam firefights, Iraqi ambushes and a hundred other deadly conflicts spent much of the two-hour Veterans Day services in Payson dabbing away tears.

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