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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – Veterans from across the country traveled to Michigan this week to celebrate the 101st Airborne Division's 69th anniversary.

The Army infantry division was created during World War II, to enhance the U.S.'s air assault operations. Most famously known for its D-Day operations, the moniker screaming eagle has been associated with the group for decades.

"As the saying goes, we came as strangers and went home as brothers," said Glenn Powers, a Vietnam Veteran. "Plain and simple and that's what it's all about."

The annual reunion attracts young and old servicemen. The soldiers swap war stories among each other and share in silent moments, honoring their brothers who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

The event fosters camaraderie among generations and allows veterans to meet friends who they haven't seen in years or make new connections altogether.

The reunion was meant to include a parachute drop from a vintage C-46 aircraft Saturday morning, but due to mechanical issues the flight was canceled.

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