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5/26/08--Tyler

Veterans Honor Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice

A standing ovation was in order when dozens of veterans were ushered with applause into Tyler Memorial Park.

"Most people don't realize that without our fighting people and the ones willing to give up their lives, we wouldn't have the freedoms that we have," said Roland Worster, a Vietnam War veteran.

The true guests of honor, Monday, were the hundreds of thousands of men and woman who died in the line of duty, serving their country.

"We could do no less than to honor those who have paid the ultimate price for the freedom here in America," said John Devereaux, who served during the Korean War.

Les Ratliff, a World War II veteran said everyone should have gone out in honor of those fallen soldiers.  Monday, they were saluted.

"We come and we figuratively kneel, and say thank you for your service," said Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.  "Then we thank God for providing people who would stand up in our defense."

For the servicemen and woman, Memorial Day held a special significance.

"Deep down it means quite a bit," said Worster.  He lost an uncle in WWII.  "It brings back memories."

"There were certainly lives lost that I was familiar with, and some that I was friends with," said Devereaux.

It was a day for remembering those who served, as well as those who are serving.  "Our prayers, thoughts are always with all of those who are in combat," said Gohmert.

"If we want to keep our freedom, we have to fight for it," said Ratliff.

"God bless our veterans.  God bless our troops all over the world, and God bless America," said Texas State Representative Leo Berman.

It was a day of honor and respect.

Layron Livingston, Reporting  llivingston@kltv.com

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