ELYRIA, OH -- Lorain County veterans were treated to a special ceremony Wednesday, thanking them for their courageous service to our country.
More than a hundred brave veterans gathered at the Spitzer Conference Center on the campus of Lorain County Community College in Elyria. The college and Hospice of the Western Reserve partnered up for a special veterans appreciation ceremony.
One by one, the names of Lorain County veterans were called so they could receive a special pin. Some veterans say they've never been formally thanked for the sacrifices they made while serving their country.
"Great, great. It's long overdue, but as times and things go on, changes have been made to recognize not only the Vietnam veterans, but veterans of our era," said General Brown, a veteran from Lorain.
One veteran who has received plenty of recognition for his service to his country is Marine Sam Felton. He received the Navy Cross back in 1969 for helping to save three U.S. Marines in Vietnam while he was wounded. The Navy Cross recipient says all veterans need to be recognized as heroes.
"How many times have you seen a common, ordinary guy that you might see in the grocery store or at the garage or anywhere and this man risked everything to defend this great nation of ours? A veteran that doesn't get the recognition that he so richly deserves. Today is a day we need more of," said Felton.