Without their sacrifice, he said, Americans might not have the freedom to which they've become accustomed.
"We would not be standing here if it was not for the veterans," Bill Perkins said.
Perkins, a Vietnam War veteran, was again the master of ceremonies for Tuesday's community Veterans Day service.
About 175 people attended, the largest crowd in recent years.
In gathering together Tuesday afternoon, local officials and residents thanked veterans for their sacrifice and service.