By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

CHICAGO (CBS) — On Veterans Day, the country honors those who served.

In Evanston, the next generation soldiers are holding up that tradition. They are new recruits from the U.S. Army’s Evanston recruiting station.

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They packed up their rucksacks for a four mile trek with their army recruiter, a show of respect for those who’ve served their country.

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“I’ve been in for seven years. My father served before me, my grandfather served before him,” said Staff Sargent Wesley Tanner. “And I’m just carrying on tradition, so Veterans Day is about giving thanks to them for paving the way for me and all my family.”

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The recruits who just enlisted in the U.S. Army and will soon ship off to basic training.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff