MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - What better way to start Heroes Week than with a meal fit for some of the country's bravest men and women? From the outside looking in, we're grateful for the gratitude these veterans are receiving during this week's celebrations.
"It's allowing us to get some of the things we didn't get when we came back as young soldiers," Vietnam Veteran Richard Knight said.
But, retired Marine Knight will tell you, the service members are grateful for a chance to thank each other.
"We're here to give patriotism to them, and to be able to thank them for their service over the years from the beginning to the end," Knight said. A sentiment he shares with WWII Veteran Sherwin Callander.
"I may not know them personally, but when you're in the service, you are brothers. You have to look out after each other," Callander said.
Callander volunteered for amphibious training and took part in invasions to North Africa, Italy and Normandy. Even still, he doesn't boast about his bravery. "Most people like myself don't consider ourselves heroes, but we sure love to be praised for what we did do," Callander said.
As you look around the Hogan Family YMCA during the annual Veterans Prayer Breakfast on Friday morning, it was easy to see a room full of heroes. But, for them, their sacrifice was all in the job description.
"We was honored to be there and to serve whatever the country asked us to do," Knight said.