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Thanking veterans across Eastern Iowa

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Across Eastern Iowa, many took time to thank Veterans for their bravery and for their service on Veteran's Day.

One man drew a lot of attention by standing on bridges In Black Hawk County holding the American Flag. 

Not saying a word, but simply holding the American flag, saluting our country and the brave veterans that have served to protect it. 

He's not a veteran himself, but his message is clear.

"What can you-how can you pay back for that?" said Tom. "You can't. What I'm doing now is nothing, nothing at all. This is not about me, it's about them."

Tom said he wants to make sure people understand he's doing this for the Veterans. He said he's dedicating today to his nephew, who has served two tours in the Marine Corps. 

Speaking volumes, without saying anything at all. He said he wanted to make sure each and every veteran knows they're appreciated.

At Cedar Falls High School, students packed the gym for a Veteran's ceremony where they thanked local veterans.

Local veteran Fred Hansborough, who was an Army medic in the Desert Storm, says the ceremony means a lot. 

"It means everything," said Hansborough. "That the people would go out of their way, just be so appreciative, it's nice."

Everywhere you looked, there was a certain gratitude for their service.

Soon to be members of the military were looking to these local veterans with the utmost honor.

Generations aside, there was a special bond between each and every one of these veterans. 

At an Applebee's in Cedar Falls, two complete strangers found themselves sharing lunch. To their surprise, they soon learned they're both Air Force Veterans, only generations apart. 

"I was gonna sit by myself, and this gentleman asked me if I would join him," said Veteran Bruce Glenn. "So, he's a vet. I'm a vet. You're all related."

They shared more than just a meal at Applebee's, they shared companionship. 

"You know they came before i did," said Veteran Damian Spratt. "They have done stuff that gave me the freedom to say my mind. Have all the right that I have, and I feel like this is another way that I can honor them, not only through service, but still serving them after the fact."

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