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Veterans Appreciation 5K Supports Southern Tier Veterans Support Group

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VESTAL, N.Y. -

Runners hit the pavement to support the Southern Tier Veterans Support Group on Sunday morning at the Vestal Coal House, just one day before Veterans Day. 

Highly decorated Vietnam Marine Veteran James Coletta was thanked as he held the American flag during the national anthem before the race. 

"When we first came home during the Vietnam conflict, there wasn't much support and as the years have gone by...the support for veterans is tremendous," said Coletta. "So when you come to things like this it really gives you a warm feeling."

Around 130 runners came out to run the 6th annual race, receiving veteran appreciation t-shirts when they signed up.

Veterans who ran the race received special awards.