Honoring the Heroes

We've been taking a look at all the Veterans Day activities around our area Tuesday, and now we take you to see how the Azalea City celebrated this day. Hundreds gathered at Valdosta High's football field for the annual veterans celebration.

The south Georgia community took time Tuesday to say thank you to all current and former military members. City leaders say more should be done to recognize the sacrifice these veterans have made.

"Our veterans put their life on the line daily, and we should show our gratitude more than once a year. I urge our citizens to show appreciation to our vets and their families daily. On this Veterans Day, I say thank you, and God Bless America,” says David Sumner.

According to colonel Bradley Heithold, commander of moody air force base, more than 48 million people have served in the U.S. Military since 1776. And nearly one million have lost their lives in combat or combat related events.

"We owe them our very way of life, our freedom to live, to work to raise our families the way we please. The very least we can do is honor their sacrifices and thank them for all they've done for this great country. We owe our veterans a debt and it’s a debt we can truly never repay," says Bradley Heithold.

And while Veterans Day has only been around for 50 years, many attending today's events say it will continue as long as America embraces the freedom so many heroes have fought and died for.

There are more than 24 million living veterans in the United States today, and we recognize the sacrifices they made so we all could live in freedom.