PLOVER (WAOW)-- Hundreds of people stood in the rain Saturday to honor the nation's veterans at Loyalty Day in Plover.
Organizer John Schultz says he jumped at the opportunity to host the annual celebration.
"This parade and activity we've got here is an opportunity for the community and the state to show it's loyalty to the United States of America," said Schultz.
That's something VFW State Commander Tom Lemmer says made Plover an obvious choice of venue.
"I believe that you have a good patriotic village here," said Lemmer. "We still have the values that we had years ago."
Lemmer hopes the public display of courage and sacrifice leaves a mark on people's hearts.
"I hope they walk away with a more patriotic feeling and more support for our veterans, and just having a good feeling about themselves being here."
Navy veteran Charles Hamilton says it's public celebrations like this that bring him one step closer to finding peace with his past.
"I've gotta end this with myself... with Vietnam," said Hamilton. "I want other people to feel the same way if it can help them heal a little bit. You'll never forget, but just chill out a little bit more."