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Work stops for Veterans Day service

November 12, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

SOUTH MOUNTAIN, Pa. -- All work at the Drumm family house paused at 2 p.m. Tuesday for a Veterans Day service, something that many people said was especially poignant because Matthew Drumm served as an Army Airborne Ranger.

An American flag fluttered above the house being constructed as part of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." American Legion members paid tribute to veterans with a ceremony and prayer.

"Hands down, (the family is) going to appreciate they were right there in front of their house," said Jessica Biddinger, whose husband, Travis, is Matthew Drumm's cousin.

Travis Biddinger wore his Air Force uniform to the ceremony and clutched his 5-month-old daughter to his chest. His shy 2-year-old buried her head against her mother's shoulder.

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"The service was probably the best thing I could've done for my country," Biddinger said.

Jessica Biddinger guessed that Matthew Drumm will "drop over in shock" when he sees the new house on Friday.

"I can't stop smiling," she said. "They deserve it so much. I'm so proud of them."

"The only way we have the opportunity to build this home is because of everything the veterans have done for us. They're the heroes," said Dan Ryan, president and CEO of the project's homebuilding company.

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