Nacogdoches author writes accounts of WWII Veterans

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - On Memorial Da,y it's alright to take advantage of a few sales. It's alright to hit the road for summer vacation. Veterans only ask you stop along the way to reflect on what Memorial Day is really about.

"And we hope to make the public more aware that Memorial Day is a special day to honor our folks who have paid that ultimate sacrifice," said J.D Hill, President of the Nacogdoches Chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America.

A year's worth of research to compile the pictorial book, 'Nacogdoches in World War II' increased co-author Peggy Jasso's appreciation for veterans.

"They have so many good stories and they are so happy to talk to you. It's as if they want to get out to the world what they experienced," said Jasso, "all my life I never really realized what the men of World War II sacrificed for us. And I feel like I'm on a mission now," said Jasso. "There are so few of them and I feel like I just have to go and find them and talk to them and get their stories."

The stories will be shared at a Memorial Day event at Cason Monk Metcalf funeral home. Veterans and the public are invited to a Revelie breakfast and a Taps dinner. War heroes joke the event puts them in the funeral home before their time. Organizers say it's all about fellowship.

"That's really what a funeral home is really about is a memorialization of and celebration of individuals in our community," said Derron Johnson, the funeral home administrator.

Five Gold Star veterans from Nacogdoches paid the ultimate sacrifice. Posters with their pictures will be carried by school children in  Washington D.C.

"And so we'll have those posters, a copy of those posters here on Memorial Day, but at the same token, I want people to know that little Nacogdoches is part of that big event that's taking place in Washington," said Constance Engleking, Cason Monk Metcalf coordinator for Monday's event.

Individuals are keeping the true spirit of Memorial Day before us. It's up to Americans to join them.

A book signing will be just one of many events occurring at a Memorial Day breakfast and dinner at the funeral home in Nacogdoches.

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