LYNCHBURG, Va. -

Thursday marked National Purple Heart Day.

Veterans from all over the country and in Lynchburg gathered to honor the recipients who received one of the highest military honors.

Steve Bozeman, is a retired Marine who received two Purple Hearts in 1967 during his service in Vietnam.

He belongs to Lynchburg's Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Tonight he and other chapter members remembered lost and wounded soldiers in a special ceremony.

They celebrated Purple Heart recipients by filling and burying a time capsule. But, the meaning behind the gesture goes much deeper.

"I look around and see veterans who served their country proudly from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan and we just served our country when she called," Steve Bozeman told Your Hometown News Leader.

Some of the items buried include whiskey, coins and a phone. The time capsule will be opened in 25 years.