At the ceremony in Gulfport, we recognized some of the veterans who have been profiled in the WLOX veterans history project.
Clinton Mathews of Hurley signed up for the Army at 18 and found himself fighting in Korea. He wants to see more support for the troops in Iraq in the face of a growing anti-war sentiment.
"We don't want to sit over here and say that they're not doing right. Those people are dying too. I wouldn't like for my son to go over there. In fact, I have a foster son over there now and if he should get killed over there I'm going to support him. He's over there supporting this country," says Mathews.
Vietnam Veteran Pat Mulvihill supported his country and it cost him his legs. He lost them when a booby trap went off. He dedication to his country is unquestioned, but he questions why the U.S. tries too hard to be the world's police.
"I think at some point in time we need to let somebody else shoulder more of the responsibility that we do. I'm not saying the cause is not just, but the sacrifice is great," says Mulvihill.
Keesler students, humbled by the sacrifices, wanted to shake Mulvihill's hand and get their pictures taken with him.
"To be next to all these veterans is a great honor and to become a veteran is a great honor too," says Brandon Cook.
Another student, Annely Rezabek, says, "To actually get to meet them after hearing their stories is really amazing. It's just unbelievable what they had to go through and I just appreciate everything that they did."
That's what this day is meant to do; show appreciation to those who served and are serving their country.