Phillipsburg, N.J., honors those who protect our nation
Updated On: Nov 12 2012 05:37:53 AM CST
Sunday was the day we honor the men and women who protect our nation: Veterans Day. One ceremony in Phillipsburg, N.J., included service members serving far from home.
As a Blackhawk chopper landed outside Phillipsburg High, inside the school's gym, there was a solemn tribute to those who already served.
"My stepfather here, Mike, is an ex-Marine," said Charles Dale. "Former Marine."
The ceremony also honored those still fighting, including a video feed from two local service members serving far from home.
"Good morning," Ensign Will Rimmler told the crowd by video conference from the U.S.S. Morganthau in California. "I guess it's good afternoon out there."
Rimmler is a 2008 Phillipsburg High graduate who thanked the veterans who came before him.
"Thank you for your service, thank you for the sacrifices that you've made," he told them.
For the young, Sunday's ceremony was a chance to honor earlier generations.
"I am very, very, very proud of my grandfather," said Brittany Luckenbach.
"It's great to see young kids actually involved in something that happened so long ago," added Martin Altemose, a New Jersey National Guard member.
For the older generation, it was a chance to reflect.
"It's a great thing to be remembered," said retired Marine Ron Adams. "You were glad that you were in the military, knowing that the country appreciated everything that you did."
Copyright 2012 WFMZ. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Dead female found in remote area of Berks; state police investigating
Woman 'critical' after crash with truck near Kutztown
Police arrest 13 during Allentown drug raid
People paying respect to loved ones as car overturns in cemetery
Easter bunny train sparks brush fires in Phillipsburg area
Police charge suspect in Bethlehem Twp. hit-and-run
Beauty supply bandits target local grocery stores
FBI questions passengers on Delta flight
Car, tow truck get stuck on embankment in Berks County
Police have person of interest in N.J. swastika vandalism case