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Sunday Marked with Celebration at the Veterans Home

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

It's a day to support those who put their lives on the line for our country.  Sunday, hundreds of Veterans were honored at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

Veterans and supporters paused for a moment of silence at 11:00 on the 11th day of the 11th month.  The same time WWI ended 94 years ago.  While there's no one here who served in WWI, Veteran Al Schlosser says the support shown was incredible.

"It's great to see the young kids come out. It's great to see Notre Dame come out, they come out every year and play for us, and it's just nice to know that there are people that care and are appreciative of those who have served," he said.  

The celebration was for everyone who wanted to show their support to those who've served, no matter which military branch.  U.S. Embassy Reserves Colonel Annita Best, who spoke in the Celebration said Veterans are treated much differently here in the Tri-States.

"I believe that what I've seen here and how they treat their veterans here and how they celebrate their veterans is greater than what I've seen where I've lived in North Carolina," she said.  

And there were some people who just came out to support those who signed up to defend this country.

"You have to be thankful that there have been people who have been willing to protect our freedom by laying down their life... and they do that without any regard for their own safety but for the safety and well being for their men in their unit and their country," Chris Scholz said.  

Schlosser said the way Veterans are treated have changed since he came back from the Vietnam War.

"You had pride back then but it's even more so now because you're recognized for it... Today if you're in the armed services, you're a hero," he said.  

And while they may no longer be fighting for the United States, they'll always be considered heroes.

Not only was it just a Veterans celebration, but the Tri-States Lugnuts club donated $5,600 Sunday to the Illinois Veterans Home.

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