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Veterans Honored at Rock Island Arsenal

Updated: Nov 11, 2012 05:23 PM CST

Even with the rain, Veterans Day services continued across the Quad Cities Sunday. The celebrations honored the brave men and women who have fought and are still fighting to preserve our freedom.

One special ceremony took place on the Rock Island Arsenal. Dozens of people with and without umbrella's in hand, let the rain pour down on them as they recognized and honored our American heroes.

"This coming down is nothing compared to what our veterans have been through, let it pour man," Guest Speaker Congressman Bobby Schilling said.

That's exactly what the "gold star" families, vets young and old, and Americans just grateful for their freedom did.

"When it rained throughout the day you could just see the people...none of them went away, they all stayed because they believe it in their heart...of veterans and service to the nation and service to the country and it just speaks volumes," said Brigadier General John F. Wharton, Commanding General US Army Sustainment Command.

Wharton says while veterans day always means a lot to him, being on the Rock Island Arsenal is extra special.

"I have traveled, 23 moves in 30 years, and have never seen a community as supportive. There are many commands in the army and this one is special for not only what we do for the army and our joint forces, but what we do for the community and to be in a community that is so supportive I could not have asked for anything better."

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