Brother to Brother Day, a day to recognize veterans of military and emergency service, began Wednesday morning in the county commission chambers. Commissioners issued a proclamation declaring the day a chance to honor those who have served or currently serve.
Some people, like Frank Rogucki, fit both categories. He served in the military in Vietnam, and will mark forty years of service as a firefighter this December. He said helping his community is really second nature to him.
"I like to help people and we help people all the time, over the last forty years, a lot of different things, floods, storms, everything like that, a lot of fires and things, but just helping people, that's the reason," Rogucki said.
Rogucki spent time in the service many years ago, but younger veterans were also on hand for the ceremony. Eric Kandal is a veteran and student at Glenville State. He said he was happy to have the chance to honor his fellow veterans close to home.
"For myself, I have kids, so it's a little more difficult, but we try to do our best to get out to most of the events that are for veterans and for others as well," Kandal said.
Both Kandal and Rogucki said they're also glad to be veterans from a smaller city like Glenville. Rogucki said he appreciates the support veterans receive in Gilmer County.
"Little communities seem like they support more than some of the bigger cities and stuff. Little communities take care of their own, and that's what we do here. We take care of our own, and we serve everybody and do what we have to," Rogucki said.
Honor Hike Across America hiker Lance Robinson was also on hand for the day. He's raising support to make Brother to Brother Day a national holiday.
You can find more information on the hike and the proposed holiday here.