Morgantown joined cities across the Nation to honor Veterans Monday. Veterans said what people should when they see a vet and a student from Trinity Christian School explained what she thinks a veteran really is.
"When I hear the word Veteran, I think of freedom, because freedom isn't free," said Alea Hess, the Senior Class President at Trinity Christian School. "And I think we take that for granted. And we don't often remember to thank our veterans and today is a great day."
Universities, schools, and VFW's across the nation had events to honor Veterans.
Patricia Corbin is an Army veteran and active duty in the Public Health Service. She says being in that branch of the military is difficult. People simply don't know it's there.
"Just that we exist. A lot of people are unaware that there is even seven uniform services," said Corbin. "When they think of the uniform services they just think of the five traditional ones. So there are the other two."
Corbin says there are a lot of veterans that aren't always given the recognition they deserve.
At WVU, a Tuskegee Airman vet highlighted the importance of recognizing African Americans in early wars. The most important thing to most veterans is just simply getting a thank you.
"Personally, I feel if you come across a veteran on Veterans Day, just thank him or her and shake his or her hand," said Sgt. Darnell Holyfield, an Airforce Combat Veteran working with ROTC at WVU. "Just tell them thank you. A lot of people don't understand the sacrifices that we put through to protect and serve this country."
Hess thinks that her peers should be more willing to say thanks to veterans.
"Especially our generation. I think we need to appreciate the generations before us that have fought so hard to get us to where we are today," Hess said. "So I think this is very important for us to hold, and interact with."
Corbin said she will never forget the first time she was thanked for being in the military.
"I remember the first time I actually got thanked for my service and I was like, 'Wow, that's so neat," said Corbin. "So, I think more people are becoming aware of the military, how we serve, the uniformed services in general, the contributions that we've made and are still making every day."
There were plenty of opportunities to thank some of those Veterans at the Morgantown Veterans Day parade Monday evening on High Street.