Veterans line the Woodbury County courthouse atrium for a Veterans Day service.
In honor of Siouxland's Veterans, many gathered Monday in Sioux City to celebrate our service men and women.
"We served this country to have it free for everybody," Samuel Hallowell, Air Force veteran said.
And that's why dozens gathered.
"It's an honor. I mean it's just an honor. It was nice to see the older gentleman being recognized," James Johnson, Marines veteran said.
A musical performance and a presentation of the colors combined to create the Veterans Day festivities in the Woodbury County Courthouse.
Colonel David Simon of the 185th Air Refueling wing thanked not only veterans, but the families of those serving, and those who have served. Colonel Simon adds that the family's sacrifice is just as important as that of the Veterans.
"We can't forget the families. Those of us that wear the uniform wouldn't do what we do today, or in the past, if it hadn't been for the families. I don't think they ever get enough credit," Col. David Simon, Vice Wing Commander of the 185th Air Refueling Wing said.
Colonel Simon reiterated time and again the importance of recognizing the sacrifices that our military men and women make to preserve our freedoms.
Simon said we can never forget the magnitude of the commitment they make to our country, even today.
"To think about how long we've been at war now, it really is a young person's game. We really stress to those members what they're signing up for, to think about the words that they say when they swear in: to support and defend the constitution of the United States," Col. Simon said.
While the Veterans in attendance did say it was nice to be recognized, most said their favorite part of Veterans Day is not to be recognized, but to remember those who came before.
"For me personally, and I think for most people that serve yet today, it's about remembering the people that went before us. We wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for them, and hopefully that tradition carries on throughout history," Col. Simon said.
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