INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. - An annual celebration once again showed gratitude on Veterans Day.

Among the crowd were men and women who served our country and their families. Also, families who've lost loved ones on duty.

Elected leaders spoke at the event including: Governor Mark Dayton, Congressman Tom Emmer and Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar.

Within the crowd was Frank Zaragoza, who served in World War II at just 18 years old. Now at 89, he's humbled by the event he attends every Veterans Day.

"I thank my God that I'm able to be here. I thank my God that maybe there's a few days left in my life that I can help dedicate to the well being of others," said Zaragoza.

On this day we are reminded of the bravery of those who are with us and those are not. Also, the gratidude that goes beyond just one day.

"It's up to us to make sure that the second life you [veterans] have when you come back is full and rich and happy," said Sen. Franken.