While formal ceremonies will be held over the next two days, East Texas veterans are observing veterans day with solemn remembrance.
"I want people to remember the veteran , they're the ones that fought for their freedoms to give them the right to come out to these ceremonies," says U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran Brad Bemis.
"For some reason I've just never thought that what I've done to serve my country was that big of a deal I felt like you just do what you need to do," says Marine Corps veteran Leona Caldemeyer who served from 1999-to-2007.
Clifford Faircloth fought in three wars.
"All of world war two, then Korean war then about two thirds of the Vietnam war it was still going on when I retired," he says.
"We appreciate people honoring us on veterans day. I think that was one of the best times in my life, and that's hard to believe considering the combat and things we went through. There wasn't a day that goes by that everybody had our back and we had their back," says U.S. Army Vietnam veteran Ron Frey.
Marine Corps gunnery sergeant Danny Whyte survived a wound through the head in Vietnam, but says a small thing stayed with him always.
"I was wounded and if I had one image it would be all these guys I came in with , they had no arms no legs, they were screaming real loud and this lady had brought in hamburgers and french fries and that moment stayed with me for the rest of my life," Whyte says.
For many its a time to remember those who unselfishly gave to defend every generations freedom.
"I remember my friends the people I served with, the people that came home, the people that didn't come home," Bemis says.
Another veterans day ceremony will be held at the Gregg county courthouse tomorrow at 11 am.
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