COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, there are over 23 million vets living in the country today, and this Monday is the federal holiday that celebrates those people.
It was the war after the war to end all wars, and in 1942, Lowndes County Resident John Mason became a fighter for our country.
"I was just a young kid," Mason said. "I was only 16 years old."
He went on to serve in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and after all of those years serving in the military, he said he only hopes for one thing.
"I hope the world comes to some peace," he said. "We need some peace in the world."
To honor veterans and those currently serving, there was a parade and a wreath laying ceremony held at the Lowndes County Courthouse.
"It makes me feel good to know that people are interested in what people have done for the country," Mason said.
Annie Hines-Shiver served in the U.S. Army and attended the ceremony.
"It was real touching," Hines-Shiver said. "I began to water up for a minute just thinking about all the soldiers that are serving now."
For veterans like Hines-shiver, the program brought back memories from their service, and it reminded them to appreciate their time serving.
Virgil Kimbrell served in the Navy for 19 years, and he said he wouldn't trade it for the world.
"I appreciate what the Navy did for me," Kimbrell said. "They gave me the opportunity to apply their skills in my civilian life."
After serving all those years, Kimbrell has a list of advice for those currently enlisted.
"Take advantage of every opportunity," he explained. "Study every manual you can get your hands on, and take any schooling you can. It will enhance your whole career.