ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- In St. Augustine, the Veterans Day ceremony honors military members from wars of recent memory, as well as those from hundreds of years ago.
Master Sergeant Carl Davis said, "This is the oldest city. Along with that comes military."
Re-enactors from the Colonial period and World War II were on hand, along with many retired and active duty military.
They and hundreds gathered at Francis Field for a Veterans Day ceremony and experience.
Re-enactors fired guns from various eras for one minute.
There were musical moments, speakers, marches, and hands-on learning.
Bill Zukauskas is veteran of the U.S. Army. He commented on the children who were coming to his World War II booth. "It gives me a lot of hope for the future. The kids are really interested in learning what's going on."
Davis agreed but said, "A part of me asks, 'Do they really understand the significance of Veterans Day?'"
Zukauskas commented, "The only reason we have a free country is men and women put on uniforms and put themselves in harm's way to protect our freedoms."
Davis ended by saying, "What we have today is a combination of history through the years for our military and we should be proud of it. I'm proud, proud to serve, proud to be an American."
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