WOODSTOCK, Va. (WHSV) -- Patriotism was in the air on Thursday at the Shenandoah County Fair.
"We had a full range of all the different generations here, from WWII vets, Korean war vets, Vietnam vets, from the Gulf, from Afghanistan," said Ray Powell, the organizer of Shenandoah County Fair's Veterans Day.
Vietnam veteran Ray Powell has organized the event for the past five years. He says this day is also about molding future generations.
"We had our Massanutten Military Academy students here and the students from Valley Baptist Church here. This is a way to start of a school year," said Powell.
"It was really great that I was able to be a part of it and to help congratulate, well, thank them for what they've done," said Taylor DiPaola the second place essay winner.
14-year-old DiPaola had the chance to read an essay at the event that moved veterans.
It's one that helped her to place second in the state's American Legion middle school essay contest.
"Without one's freedoms, there is not much to live for," said DiPaola.
After the ceremony, veterans had a chance to learn more about programs available to them. One of those programs is the Able Forces.
"We're a non-profit we employ...exclusively employ wounded, ill and injured veterans," said Skip Rogers, the co-founder of Able Forces
Returning the favor, for people who sacrificed so much.