Veterans Day is just around the corner on Monday, but Lansing took time today to honor those who served.
People gathered at Pattengill Academy for an annual veterans day program and to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
"I think its important for people to recognize the sacrifices veterans made for this country," said Robert Weiss, Vietnam War Veteran.
"Veterans day is just a day to say thank you," said Lansing Mayor Virg Benero. "To express our gratitude to those veterans who have given so much."
Many said that its the soldiers that put their lives on the line we have to thank for the freedom of our country.
"Everybody sits back and thinks that they are entitled to something," said Weiss. "But they don't realize it's the veterans that kept them free."
Carol Johnson is part of the American Gold Star mothers. Its a program that brings together women who have lost sons and daughters while serving our country. Her son was killed in 2006 in Baghdad Iraq.
"To honor and remember the military," said Johnson. "Those that have served in the past, those that are serving now and for our future."
And among everyone gathered today, the message was the same. To celebrate Veterans Day is a way to honor American Heroes who did so much for us.
"They've paved the way for all of us to have what we have today," said Richard Stiver, senior military science instructor at Michigan State University.