Honoring veterans at the AMVET Club

BISMARCK, N.D. - 100 members of our military, veterans, family members and North Dakota senators gathered at the AMVETS Club in Bismarck Friday afternoon to recognize those who have served.

“If it were not for veterans, myself, you probably wouldn't be standing here, I probably wouldn't be standing here, at least not with the freedoms we enjoy,” said Jim Nelson, AMVETS Bismarck Commander.

Veterans Day is about moral obligations and national security for Senator Heidi Heitkamp,

“It's also a way for us to renew our commitment to the folks who have put on the uniform and took it off and continue to serve our country, and to make sure that they know that they are the highest priority that we have on Washington,” said Heitkamp

Some veterans in attendance enjoyed meeting other vets they admire.

“I really enjoy being around the auxiliaries, the families that support them because a lot of times those family members really don't understand some of the sacrifices they went through and the pride that they carry with them,” said Theresia Hersch-Fode, Iraq veteran.

For Rob Stotz, the event isn't about recognizing the 20 years he served in the Marine Corps, it is about his father who fought in the Vietnam War.

“For me it's spending time with my dad. I've been away for so many years that I get to come here and have a lunch with my dad,” said Stotz.

Whatever the reason you're celebrating the holiday, be sure to thank a veteran if you see one.

Friday is not only a special day for veterans, but the US Marine Corps as well.

The Marines were founded on this day 242 years ago, in 1775.