The north country joined the rest of the nation Monday in paying tribute to military veterans.

In Watertown, the crisp November air was filled gunfire and taps. 

Wreaths were laid in front of VFW Post 1400 to honor the many sacrifices of service men and women.

Despite the fall chill, attendance was strong, representing old and new generations of warriors. 

"Patriotism is a resurging wave in this country," said Jerry Tighe, VFW Post 1400 commander.

"Honoring veterans is a continuous process much like the wars we're fighting are a continuous process," said Lieutenant Colonel Michael Oeschger of the 10th Mountain Division.

Veterans Day has its roots in the Armistice that ended World War I.

Major hostilities in that war came to an end at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.