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."
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