TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Topeka West High School community came together this morning for a tribute to its veterans, and veterans across the country.
The JROTC of Topeka West conducted the Veterans Day ceremony, honoring faculty and graduates who have served in the Armed Forces and those killed in action.
It was a moving experience for veterans who attended the ceremony, because they remember all the people they met while serving. It also calls to mind the sacrifices that go along with it.
"It's people that's made sacrifices and not just the men and women in the service, that I did, it's all the sacrificees that my family made, my children made, that oftentimes people overlook. That while I was gone they were at home alone," Retired Air Force Master Sergeant Steve Tremblay said.
Celebrating this holiday is so much more than a history lesson for students, it's celebrating every day citizens in the Topeka community, letting them know their sacrifice is appreciated.
Tremblay's son, Derrick, is in the JROTC at Topeka West and said they had to give back to the veterans.
"With my father, it's great to have a veteran at home. And it's also fu seeing all the other veterans having fun here and watching all this. They defend our freedom. It's a great honor to do," Derrick said.
Veterans Day activities continue tomorrow with a 9:30 a.m. parade in Emporia, the birthplace of Veterans Day.
On Sunday, Topeka's Veteran Day observance begins at 2 p.m. at the Great Overland Station.
In addition, Kansas National Guard members are visiting nursing homes around the area, presenting appreciation certificates to veterans.