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East Texas Veterans Come Together

This weekend, East Texans are honoring the men and women who've fought and bravely served our country.  Veterans day is Sunday, but many events were held across East Texas Saturday, including one at the old Tyler Pounds Airport.

World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, they are just some of the wars these brave men and women have given the best years of their life to.  Now this Veterans Day weekend, gives back to them.

"It's a very important time of my life," said Bill Halbert, veteran of three wars.  "I'm a veteran of 35 years, and it's a pleasure to be part of this."  Nearly 150 veterans enjoyed old wartime music and reminisced about times past.  They are stories that veterans want passed down, so they're not forgotten.

"The veterans of World War II are dying at 1,000 people per day, and it won't be long till they're not many around ," said Halbert.  "I think we vets have to make sure the younger generation knows our thoughts and actions of those years, and it's one that we have to carry on."   That's the reason some veterans now volunteer at the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum at the old Tyler Pounds Airport.

"People may talk about things that they've never talked about before, but they see something that reminds them of an essence, or an experience they had," said Vietnam Veteran Ben Ferrell.  The museum is a perfect place, they said, to come and pay tribute to those who've sacrificed so much.

"World War II veterans deserve a special thank you from everybody," said Korean War Veteran Jack Nolan.  "They came home from the war, went to college, got their degrees, went in to business and went to work.  We owe a great deal of gratitude to all veterans from the day we became a nation."  As we honor our veterans this weekend, we also remember our current military who continue to protect our freedom in Iraq.

Courtney Lane, Reporting. clane@kltv.com  

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