With respect for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, a crowd gathered outside Moffat County Courthouse Thursday to honor veterans.
Along with a 21-gun salute, the crowd listened as Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 members Ned Miller and George Gore addressed issues surrounding and leading up to Veterans Day across the nation. Heartfelt applause followed each speaker away from the flag-decorated podium.
"We have worked together to make this country the best in the world," Gore said. "We as Americans are the greatest people in the world."
Paying respect to those serving the country is the basis of Veterans Day. Heroes, survivors and those who died pull people together to make the day meaningful for everyone.
"We will pay any price to preserve freedom and we have a free nation because of the men and women who are willing to die for these rights," Gore said.
As a grenade was set to explode and claim Gore's life in the Vietnam War, three men took matters into their own hands and saved his life. Three men sacrificed their lives so Gore could come home.
"I really am living on borrowed time," Gore said.
"It is reasonably true that our heroes thought about the sacrifices they were making, but of the ones I've asked, they would certainly do it again," Gore said. "We have to remember them because, if not, what is the point of sacrificing one's body for another? We have to remember the sacrifices these people have made."
Fighting for the country lives on in the eyes of those celebrating Veterans Day. Veterans feel the need to fight a battle within the confines of their home city. Wars in cities against drug use and violence are things Gore believes could be helped with the coming together of veterans.
"We fought for this country; it is ours," Gore said, "We as veterans need to say we fought for our country and now we need to help our community."
Veterans believe throughout the year they are beginning to become more honored.
"I see a marked improvement in Veterans Day and all patriotic events," said Post 4265 member Victor Behrens. "They are teaching more about it than a few years ago. There is a marked improvement in children and I am very impressed with the Spanish children in our community in the way they show honor at out parades."
The Ladies Auxiliary was also well represented at the ceremony. Juanita Williams of the auxiliary was pleased with the occasion.
"It was very well put together with a good response from the public," Williams said.
Being a veteran means many things. Firm commitments are only one of the feelings held close by veterans.
"One day I can reaffirm that my commitment to my country does not end when I come home from Vietnam," Gore said. "There are a lot of heroes out there today. I am only a survivor."