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Local Afghanistan Veteran Spends Memorial Day With His Own Heroes

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A full day of remembrance took place Monday at three War Memorials near Penn's Landing.

For veterans and family members of fallen soldiers of past and present conflicts this day was much more than barbeques or trips to the shore.

Kevin McCloskey is home now, months after getting to Afghanistan with the army.

Kevin was driving an armored truck in June of 2008 when an improvised explosive device went off.

He spent 7 weeks in a coma. He lost parts of both of his legs. Broke his wrist and hip, and lost sight in one of his eyes. Through all of this, Kevin never lost sight why he was there.

"I have a hard time being at things like this. I feel I'm not up to other veterans level," Kevin explained.

Kevin spent this Memorial day with his own heroes at the Korean War Memorial. He was joined and honored by those from past conflicts.

"To shake their hand and to know that we are both on the same respect level...I feel gifted," Kevin said

While many are at a barbeque or picnic, many others take this day to honor those fallen, to remember the sacrifice of these warriors.

"You really need to take a second and reflect and really be grateful and thankful why we are still here. We will always be here because the men and woman who sacrifice themselves," Kevin said.

Six years after his injury Kevin says he's the one inspired, and he's hoping to pass along his story of sacrifice and love of his country to the next generation.

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