TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Veterans from all across Smith County were honored in the City of Tyler's Freedom Walk and Veterans Celebration.
East Texas service members and their families walked from the First Baptist Church in Tyler to the downtown square. From the square, city and religious leaders thanked our veterans for their service.
A band and community choir performed patriotic songs, including tunes recognizing each branch of the military. Veterans at the celebration say it felt great to be among fellow service members and to thank each other for their service.
"To me, traveling abroad, you see how great the United States is. It's a great country to be in. You see a whole lot of different things across the water, but thank God this is a great nation," says Marvie Francis, a U.S. Army Veteran from Tyler.
"We do not want the people to forget veterans. We want them to always remember that the freedom we enjoy is because of veterans. Freedom is not free. It never has been and it never will be," says Bob Perry, a Korean War Veteran from Whitehouse.
Monday's celebration was a join effort between the city and a new group called, "The Veterans and Community Roundtable."