IGO, Calif. - Hundreds of citizens, law enforcement and veterans came out to the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo.
"If you don't protect what you have, you're going to lose it. And so sometimes there's a group of people that that's what has to be done and they're going to do it. And that's who these guys are," said Persian Gulf Veteran at James Vogus.
In these divisive times, Muslim Vietnam War Veteran Abu Bakr Salahuddin reminded the crowd that people of all ethnicities and religious beliefs put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms.
"Our strength comes in our diversity and not in our differences. Thank you and God Bless America," said Salahuddin.
Marti Foxworthy said she came out to pay her respects for service men and women.
"I wanted to see the families, and my family actually consisted of my father was in the navy and my two brothers were in Vietnam," said Foxworthy.
She took after the family tradition as well.
"I actually did service for 18 years as law enforcement. So I feel like I have a lot of brothers and sisters in the service, as well as law enforcement," said Foxworthy.
This was also a day for citizens to set aside their differences and come together.
"I think it's extremely important for people to stand up and take care of their neighbors, their country--this is a great country," said Foxworthy.
"You know what's great about this is you're seeing a broad spectrum. Especially after this election right? There's all this hostility. But you look around here, if you talk to these folks, you're going to find people of every religion, every ethnicity, we all get together because we're Americans," said Vogus.