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BOZEMAN - Bozeman's Memorial Day parade was followed by a ceremony to remember all those who lost their lives fighting for our country's freedom.

Victoria Bloem comes from a family of 10 kids. She lost her older brother nearly 10 years ago.

"Somebody knocked on the door, I answered it and there were two Marines standing there. I knew instantly what had happened," Bloem said.

Marine Lance Corporal Nicholas Bloem was killed by an IED while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom on Aug. 3, 2005, the day after his 20th birthday.

Bloem said the military was her brother's calling. She remembers him telling her he had to go to war to protect his family.

"He was a loving person who cared about everybody, but himself," Bloem said. "He made sure each and every single one of us was loved completely."

The Bloems are one of 17 Gold Star families honored at Bozeman's Memorial Day ceremony this year. A Gold Star family is distinguished after losing a loved one who was serving in the Armed Forces.

This Memorial Day, each family was given a Gold Star medallion and a golden rose.

"The Marine Corps has definitely taken care of us," Bloem said. "I felt instantly close to the two Marines who came to our door that day because they were there for us."

Today, Bloem feels honored to be apart of a ceremony that not only remembers her brother, but all the men and women who fight for our country's freedom.

"I felt proud, very proud," said Bloem.

Victoria's brother, Marine Lance Corporal Nicholas Bloem, leaves behind nine siblings and a three-year-old nephew named in his honor.
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