CHICO, Calif. -

Veterans Day celebrations kicked off on Saturday in Chico at the second annual "Honoring Our Veterans" event inside Colusa Hall on the Chico State campus.

University President Paul Zingg welcomed the crowd with a speech about his father's military service in World War II.

Several Chico State alumni and current students also spoke about their military careers.

Honorees included members of the community but the event really centered around student veterans.

Butte County Veteran Service's Hannah Williamson, who was with the Army and Army Reserves, and says veterans on campus need special treatment.

"They're acclimating back into the civilian world while at the same time earning their academia so that's two difficult things that they're doing at one time," says Williamson. "And really they are part of our future so it's important that we embrace them and that we just show a lot of support around them."

Former Marine and current student Jimmy Smith says the campus has a Veteran Resource Center where vets can go for a stress-free break, learn about services that are offered and support each other.

"The people who are in that center are veterans and so you come and have that instant connection," Smith says. "You don't have to explain things in a sort of special explanation for people who don't have any context on what you're talking about."

Music throughout the day was provided by the Chico State band and from local choral groups, young and old.