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E. Texas heroes take in WWII Memorial

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The Brookshire's World War II Heroes Flight is still in Washington D.C. on Friday night after a very busy day. The group was finally able to see the World War II Memorial itself, along with stops at other spots on the National Mall. But the day began on a solemn note at Arlington National Cemetery.

Twice at Arlington, the veterans witnessed the powerful changing of the guard ceremony at the tomb of the unknown soldier. All while standing shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of young students. A fact not lost on Ben Weber, an Army veteran from Pollok. 

"Usually they yack and talk, but they took a lot of respect. That's quite a thing when you watch it too," said Weber

Watching the ceremony, and walking among these gravestones, Weber, who lost and eye and part of a leg in Iwo Jima, can't help but remember the men he lost as well.

"I happened to be a squad commander, and I lost half my squad, and that was on Iwo Jima," he said. "And of course there was a lot of other boys who lost their lives, and the deepest respect we can have an these days, is to say, 'We love you, we thank you, and will never forget you.'"

After a brief visit to the Iwo Jima Memorial, the group finally made it to the memorial built in their name.

Here, they're like celebrities, shaking hands, taking pictures, and being told over and over how happy visitors from all over the country are to see them.

"It makes you feel like the three years of my life I spent in the service was worthwhile, and I do it again," said G.A. Bobo, a Navy veteran from Longview.

But pride isn't the only emotion these men feel. When you've seen what they've seen, and live through, you can't help but be humbled by a memorial like this one.

Tyler Navy veteran Zeke Ziober said, "I feel kind of insignificant, compared to the guys who couldn't, never made it to see this, because they are the real heroes."

An honorable thought, but it's one none of the people at this memorial will agree with.

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