Thirty East Texas World War II veterans are on the trip of a lifetime.
Our Joe Terrell is traveling with the veterans as part of
the Brookshire's Heroes Flight and tonight he shows us the reception our men and
women got earlier today as the got their first look at the memorial built just
It is Friday and we are at the WWII Memorial. The scene here is exactly what we see
everywhere. Our East Texas heroes are
virtual rock stars.
Spontaneous reception lines form everywhere we go.
School children on end of year trips stop whatever they
are doing and break into applause for our East Texas heroes.
And the photos never stop. Like handling a Hollywood star, part of our
jobs as volunteers on this trip is to just keep things moving.
On the first day of our trip, the guys didn't quite know
how to handle their fame.
But they're getting used to it.
At the World War II Memorial built in their honor, it is time to assemble
for a group photo and a surprise visit from a color guard with members of each
branch of service.
So many memorable moments for them-- but the best memory
for some--for many-- is knowing they will be remembered. This unexpected outpouring of respect from
these young people--everywhere we go--it just means so much.
"That's what I'll remember," says Joe Hogue of
Overton. "I have 3 letters these
kids gave me thanking us for what we did. And you can't beat that."
And of course we can give them that every day. Whether we
see them in Washington, D.C. or right at home in East Texas.
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