SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — It was a special day at the Illinois State Fair, as men and women who served our country were honored.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker took a moment Sunday to remember the sacrifices by military veterans and their families on the Lincoln Stage at the State Fair.

Speaking to a crowd, the governor presented a plaque declaring the day as Veterans’ Day at the fair.

“I believe that it is a core responsibility of our government to serve those who served us,” Pritzker said.

Pritzker also spoke at a Celebration of Life memorial services hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Later in the day, Pritzker marched in the Illinois State Fair Veterans’ Day Parade.