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Red, White, And Blue Festival Honors East Texas Veterans

Fittingly, they led the pack--the Patriot Guard in their motorcycle flag line.

It was fun for many of the hundreds of children and adults who lined the street in downtown Bullard--flags in hand.

"We had to give them that hand clap," said Carolyn Davis, a Bullard resident.  "We appreciate those veterans because if it weren't for them, we wouldn't be where we are today."

"My grandfather was a cook on a ship in WWII," said Patrick Boles.  "It does have a lot of resemblance to me."

Teresa Adams-Wilks was the coordinator of this year's festival.  She said rides and games aside, this was a very special time for the dozens of veterans who showed up.

"They should be recognized for what they do for our country, and I hope that they know that."

Dale Neighbors served in the Air Force during Vietnam.  "When we came back from Vietnam, we didn't get the welcome home that they have today," he said.

It was something any veteran could appreciate.

"Some people really think that freedom is free.  It's not," said Charlie Tucker, a Korean War Veteran.

The red, white, and blue--fitting colors.  "It goes right along with all the history we have," said Neighbors.

Layron Livingston, Reporting. llivingston@kltv.com.

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