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"Even though I serve, I try and remember those who have served overseas specifically," Austin Johnson, an Army Specialist, told BYU-Idaho Radio. "I've got a good friend who I went to basic training that's in the Middle East out on deployment and then having a father-in-law that served in the military, he was in Vietnam, I have an idea of what they go through and I'm grateful for the sacrifices that they make, so we really can enjoy the freedoms that we have. There are a lot of people don't think there is."

November 10, 2017
Writer: Sydney Jensen

The final months of the year are jam-packed with Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas shopping, but for the 9th year in a row, the City of Rexburg took a moment to pause and honor America's heroes.

"It feels really patriotic, not going to lie," BYU-Idaho ROTC Cadet Alyssa Lyda told BYU-Idaho Radio. "You feel really proud to live here, really proud to be a part of what we're doing."

The Veteran's Day Ceremony on Friday, November 10 included a program full of music, patriotism, and recognition of some of the city's own veterans from WWII to the most recent conflict in Afghanistan. The audience gave a standing ovation to those who were recognized for their service including World War II veteran and southeast Idaho native, Harold Hill.

But Veterans Day isn't just for WWI, WWII or even the Vietnam War, there are plenty of young men and women like Army Specialist Austin Johnson who find themselves standing shoulder to shoulder with their fellow veterans of wars past.

"Even though I serve, I try and remember those who have served overseas specifically," Austin Johnson, an Army Specialist, told BYU-Idaho Radio. "I've got a good friend who I went to basic training that's in the Middle East out on deployment and then having a father-in-law that served in the military, he was in Vietnam, I have an idea of what they go through and I'm grateful for the sacrifices that they make, so we really can enjoy the freedoms that we have. There are a lot of people don't think there is."

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