The Veterans of Rusk County have been recognized with their own monument, and today was the official unveiling. Many Veterans now have their names inscribed in stone at the Rusk County Courthouse, but one Rusk County veteran received some extra recognition.
Douglas E. Morton was presented a Purple Heart he earned for his service in Vietnam.
Douglas E. Morton was an Army medic in 1967, stationed in Vietnam. Helicopters were his transport to battle zones, and a Department Of Public Safety chopper flew over today's ceremony as a reminder.
He and hundreds of other Rusk County residents wanted to see the culmination of over six years of work: The Rusk County Veteran's Memorial. It's a tribute to the price of our freedom.
"This is fantastic. To honor our military with this kind of memorial, man I just want to say thank you. We're endowed by our creator with inalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and some think that's it. We're endowed so it's ours. But just like any inheritance, if you're not willing to fight to keep it you will not. That's why we are blessed. We're here to honor heroes who understood this had to be fought for, and they did," Congressman Louie Gohmert said to the crowd.
Douglas Morton was one of them. One day in 1967 he found himself in Vietnam in what he was told he was a secure area.
"All of a sudden, we weren't in a secure area like we thought," Morton said.
Douglas said the bullet burned inside him.
"I patched myself up," Morton revealed.
He never got his Purple Heart. Today that would change.
"That just means more to me than anything," Morton admitted.
"It is such an honor to present this to you. On behalf of East Texas and our nation we thank you for your service. Thank you," Congressman Gohmert stated after presenting the Purple Heart.
Monday, September 1 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:00:48 GMT
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