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East Texas heroes reliving past during D.C. tour

The East Texas heroes got a chance to the Navy Museum and Memorial during their trip. (Source: KLTV Staff) The East Texas heroes got a chance to the Navy Museum and Memorial during their trip. (Source: KLTV Staff)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KLTV) -

A memorial to their service stands in the nation's capital and now, a group of East Texas veterans are getting to see it.

For the eighth year, Brookshire's Grocery Company took a group of East Texas World War II vets to Washington, D.C. free of charge.

The group's first stop in D.C. was at the Navy Museum and Memorial.

The veterans got a chance to see photos, models of some of the ships they lived on, and even look up their names on the naval log.

One of the veterans told us seeing his name was like reliving a dream, and said that the benefit of his military service is one that he wishes he could share.

"I wonder if a little time like that might be good for most young people these days. You mature quite a bit, and so many young people don't know what they want to do anyway. So, it might be a good thing for a lot of them to experience," said Liston Barber, a veteran from Martin's Mill.

The veterans will also get a private tour of the U.S. Capitol from Congressman Louie Gohmert, including time on the floors of both the House and Senate.

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