ABERDEEN, S.D. It may not be officially Veterans Day, but that didn't stop Aberdeen schools from pulling out all the stops to honor area veterans.
It's a day to honor those who have given everything.
"We're doing this for the leaders of tomorrow because that's what the young people are. There could be a governor in here, could be a president in here, you never know," Army Reserve Veteran Freddie Robinson said.
Veterans from around the Aberdeen area gathered today for a variety of school programs from elementary-aged on up.
"It brings out the point of love for your country, and the people beside you, the people with you, and the people helping you do the things you do," World War II Veteran Joseph Gelling said.
Some even wonder if they deserve all of the recognition. Veterans like Gelling say attending programs like the ones today can bring up some bad memories.
"I probably went in the service a couple years before most of the students that I knew and yet 71 of them are dead from World War II," Gelling said.
Many veterans hope that area students will gain a better understanding.
"It's part of their education process. It's important that we understand what this country has gone through in the past to understand the freedoms that we have today," Robinson said.
If you missed out on any of the programs in your area today, don't worry! Just follow the link to the right of the article to see a list of things going on during Veterans Day.