All week on KLTV 7, we've played holiday greetings from soldiers who are away from their families and loved ones. For those who have family members serving overseas, it can be a difficult time. And for those who've done it, it can be the hardest part of serving.
"Come Christmas Day, certain music would come on and they're playing something like 'Silent Night', the troops would all get quiet. That was the tough part. That's when they missed home," said Air Force Vietnam veteran Willis Finley of Longview.
Generations of servicemen have answered the call in our history and have served overseas during the holidays. Now a new generation is doing the same.
"There were a lot of lumps in your throat. I though a lot of my family and did a lot of praying," said Army Vietnam veteran Robert O'Brien.
World War II Guadalcanal veteran Guy Denney easily sympathizes with today's servicemen.
"I was only 19 when I got over there. In some ways, they're going through something worse. We had the full support of everyone back home and they don't get that," said Denney.
"They're the best. Just hang in there and keep their chin up" Finley said.
"A very merry Christmas and a happy new year and a safe return home," said Denney.
Bob Hallmark reporting.