The Veterans Day Council of Indianapolis held the annual Veterans Day service at the Indiana War Memorial Monday. Veterans, active duty military and family members attended.
Donald Peek Jr. is a Franklin, Indiana resident and served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1973. He attends the Indianapolis service every year to remember the sacrifices troops and their families make.
“All Veterans have a bond," Peek says. "And we’re willing to lay down our life for this great country. And that’s very, very important for us and it should be very, very important for every citizen to know that there is somebody that is willing to do that if called upon.”
This year, Peek's grandons joined him. Peek says he wants to show them the importance of thanking veterans for their service every day, not just on Veteran's day.
Gov. Eric Holcomb gave remarks during the service. He said he is proud of the many Indiana residents who have served and are currently serving in the U.S Armed Forces.
"Thank you to every American Veteran, and Hoosier Veterans, for your service," Holcom says. "I am proud of the men and women who wear that uniform, who wake up everyday with one mission in mind, to protect our country.
At the end of the service, the USS Indianapolis ship’s bell tolled 12 times to recognize the military service given in each war era.