MADISON (WKOW) -- A special Veterans Day performance by the VFW band made for an exciting evening at the Gardens Apartments in Madison.
The band was certainly the highlight of the evening, but it was also an emotional night for many of these veterans as they reflect back on their time serving our country.
Bill Pope is 85 years old and a World War Two Veteran. He tells 27 News Veterans Day is a special reminder that we should never forget.
Pope says, "It means we shouldn't forget, I was never involved in actual combat, but many of my good friends were and some of my good friends were killed and to have them go unrecognized is just unspeakable."
Richard Reining is a veteran of the Air Force. He says, "It's important to celebrate and honor these guys because they put their lives on the line for everybody."
Korean War veteran O.J. Thompto adds, "To me it was just something that was part of life and I'm pleased and very happy to do it and I would do it again."
A total of 16 veterans live at the complex, including two women. Both served as nurses. One in the Army and the other in the Navy.
Several of the veterans we spoke with also talked about their memories as children always celebrating the day, the anniversary of the end of World War I.
That of course happened at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of 1918. They tell 27 News as a child they were always taught to stand east at that time and give thanks for those who have sacrificed their life.