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SC Veterans Day celebration bridges gap between young and old

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Legion members carry their colors at a Veterans' Day event at the Woodbury County Courthouse. Legion members carry their colors at a Veterans' Day event at the Woodbury County Courthouse.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Almost all of us know a veteran, or maybe you're one of the many who have served in the U. S military.

Veteran's Day is about paying tribute to those who've answered the call.  An event held at the Woodbury County Courthouse honored the men and women who've made the sacrifice. Plus, it served as a reminder that freedom doesn't come for free.

It's a day of tribute for both young and old. For those who answered the call of their country, in the fight for freedom.

"My mother and my father were both World War II veterans," said John Mansfield. "I've got four uncles who are World War II veterans. I served in the Army."

"I had a grandpa that served in World War II," said Casey Kirkendall.

At this event, Veterans Day carries a special meaning for all who are here. Keynote speaker Ronald Kerr, a Vietnam Veteran talked about raising his right arm to join the Air Force, and raising it to salute the flag. But he also remembers a time when that patriotism wasn't celebrated.

"The Vietnam era carried a lot of criticism. A lot of the veterans looked down at their shoes because they were embarrassed to be a veteran," said Kerr.

While the pride in military service is felt here, Kerr says it's up to all of us to make sure their efforts, then and now, are not forgotten.

"They served and when they raise their right arm, the government told us that they would take care of us," said Kerr, a retired staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.

"We need to help with all the youngsters, I say that with all the young people, girls and boys, that have lost their legs, and lost so much," said Arden Gale, a former corporal in the U.S. Army.

The next generation is listening. Students from Westwood High School in Sloan, Iowa, have been part of this tradition for years.

"We're excited to come out and show support for the veterans and all the things that they do for us," said Casey Kirkendall, a junior at Westwood High School.

Thus, the day bridged the past and the future with respect and honor.

KTIV's Kristie VerMulm was the master of ceremonies for Monday's event, put on by the Woodbury County Commission of Veteran Affairs

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