Those honored on Veterans Day have each played a part in protecting America's freedom. Whether they fought in the Vietnam War, one of the World Wars, or are still fighting today, their role was no less significant. And in Utica, our Cara Thomas tells us that veterans and their families went to all six monuments in the city to honor all the men and women who served.
UTICA, N.Y. -- Recognizing heroes from the Revolutionary and Civil wars to the battles our country continues to fight. The men and women who fought for our country each have a story this Veterans Day.
Air Force Veteran, David Wilson, said, "My dad served in World War I, and I'll never forget the service he rendered during his years."
"My first notion of how important this is and how dangerous this job is was when my Godfather was getting ready to go back to Vietnam in the 60s," says Chris Urban, Commander of American Legion Post 229.
Americans honor, remember, and thank the people protecting the red, white and blue. Many who gave the ultimate sacrifice, others who came back with scars that will never fade.
"They went, they served. A lot of them came back missing various body parts, brain injuries," says Wilson. "These are the guys I look at and honor them."
Army Veteran Calvin Anacker, said, "I just want to honor everyone, every veteran, that's the main thing. That we aren't forgotten because we are fighting for the freedom of our country."
So on Sunday, veterans and their families did just that. They visited six different memorials in Utica, representing different wars: Vietnam, World Wars I and World War II, and the Korean War. They also honored those who were wounded or missing.
"We remember every veteran's service and every veteran's sacrifice because everyone has made that contribution," said Urban.
"If you served in the military you were there to protect the freedom of this country and one person didn't do more than another, one war didn't do more than another," says Wilson.
Honoring all service members who sacrificed to protect America's freedom.