On Monday, most of the nation will take the day off from work to celebrate and honor military veterans. The soldiers of Fort Drum will do the same. But as our Brian Dwyer shares in this special report, soldiers wanted to do something extra before they left to honor veterans together.
FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- A majority of Fort Drum's soldiers and staff will be off Friday and Monday, a way to show support and to honor those who came before them.
The post is hosting its annual Veterans Day ceremony a few days early. Drum's command staff, and soldiers representing each brigade and of course local veterans were at the McGrath Gym Thursday.
There were speeches, a wreath laying, the playing of taps and even a 21-gun salute.
Veterans say it's an honor to be at this event and to have worn the uniform.
"They are all heroes to me," National 10th Mountain Association President COL (ret.) Mike Plummer said. "I am humbled to have been privledged to know and serve such many incredible men and women throughout my life."
The event featured a special statue, which travels with Drum's command staff to Afghanistan. It's has nearly 300 dog tags on it to help honor those who made the supreme sacrifice.