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Veterans Honored With Long Delayed Medals

It's an honor that is long overdue. During a class project, seniors from Brook Hill School interviewed World War II veterans to learn about their experiences.  Today, students were able to honor the veterans with medals they earned during the war.

"Most of these gentlemen from WW II never received their medals.  After the war was over because their was a shortage of brass. So we thought it was appropriate to secure those medals for them," says Stephen Dement, Government History Teacher at Brook Hill School.

Today, Brook Hill students along with keynote speaker, Congressman Louie Gohmert presented the medals to 15 World War II veterans. 

80 year old James Humphries served in the navy for 2 years and is grateful for his medals.

"It lets you know that people still remember. I feel that we do not recognize the military and thank them like we should. I'm glad to see America coming back and being a little more patriotic," says James Humphries, World War II Veteran.

Today he received 4 medal for his service, something he never expected.

"I didn't think I would ever get them.  Now, I will cherish these and they will be a part of our family from now on.  When we are gone, the medals will be the children's and the grandchildren's.  They can know that their family has had a part of the freedom of our country and that makes you feel good," says Humphries.

James now has a piece of history, he earned, which will live on for generations to come.  

The Brook Hill students were able to secure medals for a total of 24 World War II Veterans.  

Karolyn Davis, reporting.  kdavis@kltv.com

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