Veterans Day in the Northland

By KBJR News 1

November 11, 2013 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 7:57 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Veterans and supporters came together on Monday in a march through downtown Duluth to honor the men and women who have served in the United States military.

Many veterans and families of veterans participated in this show of solidarity and support.

Veterans Day in Duluth wouldn't be complete without an opportunity to honor the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for our freedoms.

"These men and women raised their right hand and said 'thank you' and said they would go and serve us... so we're serving them," said Karin Swor of the Veterans Service Committee.

That's what brought many Northlanders together on Veterans Day to participate in the annual Veterans Day Parade from the Depot to the DECC.

"I hope everybody in this country and in our community always remembers the veterans because without them we wouldn't have what we have today,"said Larry Kubiak, a navy veteran.

Following the march participants joined close to 1,000 5th and 6th graders for stories and celebration.

"It's a privilege being here today and even with the cold weather outside... all of us were very warm, especially in our hearts, because of the honor that we have of being here," said Kubiak.

The stories the children heard at the gathering will help them understand history while reinforcing the importance that that history still holds today.

Several other ceremonies were held throughout the Northland in honor of the men and women who preserve our freedoms.

We as a nation have been honoring veterans with a national holiday since 1919.

Elsa Robins