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Minnesota National Guard
Memorial Day Hits Home for Family of 5

by Melissa Payne
May 30, 2011 5:56 PM

It's a day devoted to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and on this Memorial Day, 150 more military men and women get ready for a year-long tour� 

As these soldiers get ready to leave for Kuwait, many leave behind their friends and family

But these brothers enlisted together, and now Tyler and Trevor Den Herder serve the country together

"He's always there for me, and then I have someone to pick on too," said Tyler

"It's good to know he's there for me and we'll be close yet so it will still kinda feel like home," said Trevor

For their mom, Pam, this deployment ceremony serves as a solemn reminder, that her boys, 21-year-old Tyler and 20-year-old Trevor, will soon leave home

"They've got each others back, but at the same time it's kinda hard to see two of them go, you know," said mother, Pam Brands
But to see the brothers go, takes a toll on the entire family

"It's awesome but in ways it kinda sucks cuz I can't go fishing and hunting with them now and I can't spend time with them for awhile," said 13-year-old Colby Den Herder
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"I would definitely say it touches home a lot more, 2 boys protecting the country," said father, Cal

But that two, could become more

"I want to," said 12-year-old Cayd

"I have different plans," said Colby

But whatever the younger Den Herder boys decide, it's an honor to have two big brothers in the military.
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"I'm proud of them and I just hope they come back," said Cayd

The public can line up at 9:30am Thursday morning along Main Street and Highway 75 South to Interstate 90 in Luverne to show support for the 125th Field Artillery as they leave

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