Veterans honored in flag raising ceremony

By KBJR News 1

November 12, 2013 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 1:09 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) – On this Veterans Day there are about 21.2 million military veterans in the United States.

People gathered at the Gary neighborhood of Duluth to honor veterans today by raising a giant flag on to a pole that has not held an American flag for the past seven years.

For Harold Stevens, who served four terms of duty in Korea, four terms in Japan and one in Europe, he says he will never forget the many men he saw die while serving in the United States military.

Many veterans have dedicated much of their lives to ensuring America stays free, and Veterans Day is very important to them.

"We’ve invested in our lives for this country. Things come back in your mind (holding back tears), excuse me," a veteran with 22 years of service, Harold Stevens, said.

Stevens challenges people to thank veterans for their service, not only today but through the years.