More than 200 years ago, our country declared our independence from Great Britain. During that time, troops have fought to keep our freedom and continue to do so.
Monday, veterans recognized the men and women who served our country so we can be free.
"It's a great day, great celebration," said Navy veteran, Tom Walton.
Veterans from the American Legion, one of the largest veteran organizations, celebrated the freedom of our country at the 4th on Broadway Street Fair. They are supporting those who have served and those still serving thousands of miles away.
"It always means a lot," said Vietnam veteran, Steve "Shooter" Brooks.
For nearly 100 years, the group has given out handmade poppies so others can remember people who fought for our rights.
Steve Brooks is a former marine who did two tours in Vietnam.
"I was in from '68 to '72," said Brooks.
He is part of the American Legion Riders, who are known for riding in soldier's funerals who died in the line of duty.
"Some of them are a lot more emotional, especially the young ones that are coming out of Iraq or Afghanistan," said Brooks.
Tom Walton is also a veteran who served in the Navy for 20 years.
"All the people who have served, especially those who have paid the ultimate price, it's always nice for us to get out and show our appreciation," said Walton.
He says our nation's independence is about having pride for our country, something shown at the Veterans War Memorial.
"I just like to go there, read about each one of those individuals, who were like I was," said Walton.
More than 6,000 soldiers have died in the line of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan. There are still nearly 300,000 continuing to fight overseas. All of them were remembered Monday.
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