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Herbert Suerth Jr., a veteran of the East Company soldiers documented in the "Band of Brothers" book and HBO miniseries, spoke Monday, May 26, at Woodbury's Memorial Day ceremony. (Staff photo by Mike Longaecker)

Woodbury honors the fallen on Memorial Day

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Special bands were out in full force on Memorial Day in Woodbury.

"Band of Brothers" veteran Herbert Suerth Jr. spoke at the Monday, May 26, event, while the Minnesota Memorial State Fire Service Pipe Band provided the music at the Woodbury Lions Veterans Memorial on City Hall grounds.

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Suerth, who served as a private in the 101st Airborne's Easy Company during World War II, described his time among the now-storied group of soldiers. That included a dire stretch spent in the woods of Bastogne, Belgium, where American forces held a critical battle line.

A German artillery shell left Suerth seriously injured during his service in Bastogne, "but I've never regretted once volunteering for the Airborne," the Wayzata man told Woodbury Memorial Day service attendees.

The battleground at Bastogne during Suerth's time was noted for its chilling temperatures in addition to the heavy bombardment.

Suerth noted that Monday's heat drew a stark contrast as he left the crowd with his closing remarks: "I think it's worth it when I think of all the guys that can't stand here today."

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Michael Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. His coverage includes local crime, legislative activity and prep sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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