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GREENFIELD — With the death of every veteran, America loses a vital piece of its history. An estimated 680 World War II vets are dying each day, taking with them eyewitness accounts of battles that shaped the war and helped preserve the freedoms we enjoy today.

Of the 16 million American soldiers who served, only about 1.5 million are still living, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

In honor of Veterans Day, the Daily Reporter spoke with two local World War II veterans and their families about how they are honoring those who fought and working to preserve their memories.

‘You can’t imagine’

Keith Crider still cries.

It’s been nearly 70 years since Crider, 89, of Greenfield, fought in the Army, but there are some memories time cannot erase.

Omaha Beach.

The Battle of the Bulge.

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