It is one of the most solemn and important days of the year, Veterans Day.
Today millions stopped to say thanks to the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and those that continue to give.
And on this Veterans Day there is a new picture emerging of what it means to be a hero.
The current and future commander and chief paused with millions across the country today to honor our nation's most respected heroes.
In St. Louis there was a very special and emotional surprise.
First lieutenant John Phanstiel reunited with his children.
"I don't like to cry, but for me to see my kids," said Phanstiel.
But for many, the memories are difficult at a time when men and women are still giving their lives in the service of our country.
For others, this Veterans Day is a chance for the world to see the work and service of a soldier that had been hidden for decades.
To Tony and Albert Fagler, their grandfather was always just "Grandpa Albert."
Until they began cleaning out his garage after Albert and his wife passed away.
That's when they came across the old photos, an i-d and canisters of film.
Experts delicately refurbished the 16mm treasure revealing video never seen until now.
Dog fights over France and Germany.
American planes taking out German military convoys on the ground.