Those words were spoken by guest speaker Marion "Sarge" Eveland at the American Legion Post 2 Veterans Day gala Thursday, at the Clay County Courthouse.
The event honored Clay County veterans, past and present, and drew a large crowd.
American Legion Post 2 Commander Nick White said the Legion has sponsored the event for "as long as I can remember."
"I think it's absolutely wonderful for all the veterans to be recognized," White said. "Today, I feel like they are being recognized more."
The Jackson Township Community Band got things started with a small concert prior to the posting of colors.
Following a prayer, White recognized three particular veterans, including Col. Jack Atkinson, who recently passed away, and Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in February.
White also recognized his son, Sgt. First Class Jeromy White, who is currently serving his fifth tour in the war zone.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1127 Commander Bob Bigley also recognized veterans, past and present.
Eveland then discussed the importance of Veterans Day.
"I'm humbled to be here," he said.
He talked about recent fundraisers the community has been involved in, including fundraisers for the Clay County Veterans Association Van. He also discussed his latest project, the possibility of raising funds to purchase the old Clay County Health Center, located at 1308 E. Hendrix St., Brazil, and to use it as a local clinic for veterans.
Eveland also discussed his "local heroes," and presented an American Legion token to Army Cpt. Stoney Stitzle for his service.
The community band then performed, "The Star Spangled Banner," before a gun salute took place.
Taps was then played on the lawn and echoed inside the courthouse.