Jack Pond, 82, of Davenport, medical platoon sergeant in Korea:

“Veterans Day means to me, ‘Hey, I am happy to be alive. I am a veteran and I am thankful to be here.’”

LaVern Wenndt, 80, of Cedar Rapids, Army corporal stationed in Germany:

“I think Memorial Day, Veterans Day, the Fourth of July, we always have to remember this country is the land of the free and the home of the brave, and the veterans got it that way.”

Alvin Licht, 83, of Lowden, Iowa, Army corporal who ran a supply depot in Japan:

“I belong to American Legion Post 366 and we usually get together for a potluck meal and exchange Army stories with each other. It means a lot that everybody honors the veterans.”

Darrell Yutesler, 79, of Lowden, Army tank sergeant in Korea and Purple Heart recipient:

“Veterans Day is another day for celebrating others who came back from the war.”