Veteran's Day a labor of love for San Augustine man

SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - By Donna McCollum - bio | email

SAN AUGUSTINE, TX (KTRE) - The Veteran's Day ceremony is most likely VFW Post Commander Woody Harrison's favorite observance. "I love putting it together. It's a labor of love," said Harrison.

His voice is affected by the scars of cancer, but it resonates when the former Cobra helicopter pilot is talking about a veteran's homecoming. "We've had some homecoming ceremonies that merits do where we run up a new flag on their flag pole and we have a barbeque cookout," said Harrison.

Similar gestures of gratitude occur on Veteran's Day. Broaddus Operation Stronghold distributes banners to every military family of an active service member. People with the best voices in San Augustine sing patriotic songs. School children attend to learn the importance of serving your country.

Harrison is careful to pick just the right person to say what he wants people to hear. "If we ever forget what these colors represent," said Pastor Chet Hensley, while holding a small American flag, "we forget who we are as an American nation."

Just the kind of message organizers of today's event want people to remember. "We need to remember the ideal and the remembrance of those who have fought for their liberties, who have died and who are in our veteran's homes, who are in our hospitals, what sacrifices they made for America," said Art Bedford, an American Legion member. Bedford served over 40 years serving the military as an officer and a civilian.

Commander Harrison is hopefully feeling good this evening. His labor of love was heard loud and clear.

Veteran's Day observances continue across East Texas.

Korean War veterans will be honored in a special ceremony at the Nacogdoches County Courthouse Annex this Saturday at 10 a-m. The Vietnam Veterans of America Pineywoods Chapter is hosting it.

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