For almost 200 years, members of Fred Roussey's family have served in the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps.
"Everything but the Air Force," the Catonsville resident said.
Two of Roussey's sons are continuing the tradition. Chris, 27, is a sergeant in the Army National Guard and David, 26, is a petty officer third class in the Navy.
On Veterans Day, Roussey and his wife, Charlene, usually hold a family cookout and place poppies on the graves of Roussey's father, grandfather and uncles.
But this year, both sons will not be in town to take part in the tradition
Chris was recently called to active duty from the reserves and is in Mississippi waiting to hear if he is headed to Afghanistan.
David is on duty in California.
"We'll send the boys cards," their father said. "And we'll be thanking veterans everywhere."
His sons' absence from home is all the more reason to honor them, and other U.S. veterans around the world, this Sunday, Roussey said.
"I'm very proud of my boys," said Roussey, an Army veteran himself. "I'm proud that they have chosen to serve"
The Rousseys are among many Catonsville and Arbutus residents thanking and remembering servicemen and women this Veterans Day.
At the Charlestown retirement community, veterans will hold a multi-faith service on Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. in the Our Lady of the Angels Chapel on the Maiden Choice Lane campus.
"We remember those who helped us and served us," said Walter Yienger, a Charlestown resident and commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Dr. Charles B. Frank Post 219. "It's very simple. We honor our past and present."
The service is open to the public and will include prayers, songs, a presentation about veterans and a reading of "For Love of Country," a poem written by John Strumsky Jr., a Charlestown resident and Marine veteran.
It's important to remember veterans who are still alive, as much as those who have passed, Strumsky said.
In World War II, about 7.5 percent of the population served in the U.S. military, he said. Today, it's less than 1 percent. Even though fewer people are serving now than 70 years ago, the country still has troops working here and abroad to protect its freedom, he said.
"Most people don't realize the United States is still in the midst of the longest running war it's ever been in," Strumsky said of the war in Afghanistan.
Other military members have "scars that they can never shake," like lost limbs on mental illness, Strumsky said.