HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- Huntersville's Veterans Day celebration had a parade, a band and other activities, but the main attractions, of course, were the stories shared by our country's veterans.

The Wall of Honor was quite a sight with pictures of Veterans from years ago.

"I'm in my 90s now," said Sam Kirkland. "And I'm blessed."

Kirkland is on that wall. He served at the end of World War II in the Pacific, and for years after.

"I was 19-years-old, and it was exciting for me," Kirkland said. "I had no fear of danger because I was at that age, you know?"

Recognition at Huntersville's Veterans Day event Friday was important to the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect all of us, like Thomas Sullivan, who spent part of his service in Vietnam.

"Some of the veterans after Vietnam were not looked on well," Sullivan said. "So, I'm proud to see how many other veterans have turned out and how many Americans seem to appreciate what the veterans have gone through."

These vets can take the younger generations back in time. They show us what these wars were like and how precious life in the States really is.

"Your first priority was to do your job," Sullivan said. "And before you did your job, you spent a lot of time praying to God and Jesus that you would be taken care of. From my perspective, it seemed to work."

A powerful day, filled with powerful messages.