Honoring those who served our country is what veterans day is all about. Across the country, people are saying thank you to our men and women in uniform with parades, like the one in Paducah led by Command Sgt. Maj. Scott Garrett. He enlisted in the Army when he was 28 years old.
"I started in the Army Reserve here in Paducah," says Garrett.
Which lead him to 13 deployments overseas, three of those in combat zones.
His wife, Christi, says Garrett is the kind of man who helps others before helping himself.
"He has given so much of his life to serving our country," says Christi Bonds-Garrett.
Command Sgt. Maj. Garrett served our country for more than 30 years. On Veterans Day, he was presented with the Distinguished Veterans Award of 2015.
"Extremely humbling because I didn't do any of these things alone. I had a lot of good brothers and sisters in arms who watched my back as I guarded theirs as well," says Garrett.
During his years of service, Garrett received more than 35 medals and decorations, including the Soldiers Medal, which he says is the highest non-combat valor medal that the Army gives out. He received it after saving a man who was about to fall from a bridge in Paducah.
"That, I think, was largely a part of my military training, which teaches you to analyze the situation very quickly, figure out what to do and then go do it," says Garrett.
It's those heroic instincts that we honor on Veterans Day.
Garrett taught history at West Kentucky Community and Technical College. On Thursday, the school is inviting all veterans to the men's basketball game, free of charge. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.
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