TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It's the one day every year Americans are reminded, our country is the land of the free because it remains the home of the brave. For 91 years, November 11th has been dedicated to those who fight for the flag.
Today across East Texas thousands gathered to pay tribute. From Longview to Lindale there was no shortage of red, white, and blue.
"We take our hats off to all those who have given their lives for our freedom and what we're still enjoying right now," said Larry McCowin, who served in the Air Force from 1980-1987.
Many veterans across East Texas shared the day dedicated to them with a generation destined to fill their shoes someday. Runners in Bullard laced up their combat boots for a brief, but thought provoking moment in the lives of our men and women in uniform.
Down the road, veterans made their mark on a packed house at Bullard high school.
"It was pretty much tear jerking...I just wanted to go up and hug them and say thank you," said high school senior Mallorie Starnes.
Those who had served came dressed in military best to downtown Tyler where veteran's impact was seen in the flags and faces of all in attendance. Some of the most powerful tributes came from handmade gifts made by some of the youngest, showing the highest appreciation by not just saying a few words, but by living by them.
From our start as a nation nearly 25 million veterans have taken the oath to protect our country and the constitution.