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Harelton vets weigh in on day's significance

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email

HARLETON, TX (KLTV) - For active military, Veterans Day has become a much more solemn observance - a time of reflection of what we've won and what we've sacrificed for it.

It past decades, Veterans Day may have been taken lightly, but with all that has happened to us in the last 10 years, the day has become clear to service members and civilians.

"You truly didn't know what it was like because you weren't in their boots," said Sgt. 1st Class Miguel Fabbiani, with the U.S. Army. "Now, I've been in those boots I've served it and now it's a whole new level."

Army Veteran David Liston, 22, knows only too well the price that must always be paid for defending freedom.

"Knowing the sacrifices that are going on overseas, being here at home the support, you get is overwhelming [feeling]," said Liston. "It means a lot more than it used to, I tell you. It used to be just a day off and, now, I've got a special place for it now it means a lot more."

For Coast Guard Petty Officer Stephen Tarver, its a reminder of those who came before.

"I feel very proud to be a part of today," he said. "My grandfather was in World War II. We celebrated Veterans Day."

For soldiers, particularly after what happened at foot hood, it is humbling.

"It is a personal note because instead of fighting overseas doing great things to keep the fight from here it actually hit home now," said Fabbiani. "So, it does take on a whole new personal level. We're fighting over there so we don't have to fight over here, and we're fighting for people who can't fight for themselves."

The entire Harleton High School student body along with 200 visitors turned out for Wednesday's event.

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