It began with the presentation of colors and ended with the laying of wreaths. The annual Veterans Day ceremony on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson gives people like Dawn Bundick a chance to give thanks to U.S. military veterans.

"I make a point to come every year," Bundick said. "It's my duty as a service member to remember those that came before us."

She worked at a naval weapons station, moving bombs and torpedoes. It taught her the importance of service and those values have stuck with her. She brought a homemade wreath to lay at the end of the service Monday.

"It's not just a day off," she said. "It's a day on, to serve everybody else, and our veterans." 

Veterans were also honored at the University of Alaska Anchorage on Monday. The school's alumni association partnered with the Alaska Army National Guard, campus services and veterans to show appreciation for military service members.

In the Valley, the military was honored at the Glenn Massay Theater's annual Veterans Day ceremony. This year's guest of honor was 94-year-old Walt Fergus, considered to be one Alaska's last surviving World War II veterans who was a prisoner of war.

Alaska's U.S. Sens. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski also honored Alaska service members and veterans across the country in separate video messages.

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