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Lisann Ramos

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade County workers honored fallen U.S. soldiers with a tribute at the Miami-Dade County Courthouse.

Employees crowded in the county courthouse lobby for a tribute to soldiers who’ve died in combat.

Gerard Kevin Seifried is a supervisor for the Clerk of the Courts. He started the program 19 years ago.

“Memorial Day is not just a day off. There’s a reason for this holiday. It’s significant and we want to remind people of why we have Memorial Day,” said Seifried.

The program included patriotic songs, poetry and stories about soldiers.

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The Star-Spangled Banner was not the only national anthem sung at Tuesday’s Veterans' Day service at the University of Miami.

Philippe Létrilliart, the French Consul General, was a guest of honor at the proceedings, where he awarded three Legion of Honor medals to current South Floridians who fought in France.

The Legion of Honor is the highest decoration in France. It was created by Napoleon Bonaparte to recognize people with exceptional merit. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Douglas MacArthur were both recipients.

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11/11/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with 23-year US Army officer and Boston University history professor Andrew Bacevich.  He studies military systems, and says a huge gap has occurred between America’s soldiers and the society in whose name they fight.  For most, the military has become simply “something others do,” starting with the conflict in Vietnam.