Retired Marine Col. Jay Vargas honored at Mt. Soledad ceremony

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SAN DIEGO - The nation's military veterans were honored at events around San Diego County Wednesday, including parades and a ceremony atop the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial.

Retired Marine Col. Jay Vargas, a Medal of Honor recipient, told FOX 5 that those who served in the armed forces made tremendous sacrifices.

During the Veterans Day ceremony Wednesday, Vargas was presented with a large plaque similar to one already placed on the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial wall in his honor.

The Medal of Honor recipient also has been honored with a Silver Medal and the Purple Heart with four stars, each star representing a wound in combat.

Vargas received the Medal of Honor for his actions during a 3-day battle in Vietnam where he never lost command, guiding his men to safety and risking his own life.

He dedicated the honor to those who fought in WWII, which he says saved the world for all of us.

"They sacrificed so much for our freedom and think about it if they didn’t, where would be today?” Vargas said.