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Houston County residents remember fallen soldiers on Vietnam Memorial Wall

Fred Newtz, project coordinator and Vietnam vet Fred Newtz, project coordinator and Vietnam vet

A bell tolls, remembering those who served our country during war.

And lost their lives for freedom.

Looking back on its history, Houston County is recognizing its fallen soldiers listed on the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall.

The names of 58,000 killed or missing in action are listed.

For some retired vets, the memories of war are still painful.

Veteran Fred Newtz helped organize the 4 day event.

He says the community rallied to bring this piece of history to East Texas.

"That's what makes this so fantastic, because all of the citizens pitched in and not all are veterans either," said Newtz.

The Cost of Freedom Tribute is accompanying the wall, remembering those who fought bravely in the Korean conflict and the Gulf wars.

Many have fresh memories of the worst shooting ever to take place on an American military base.

13 people died in the Fort Hood massacre.

Newtz, a Vietnam veteran, is grateful that others will have the opportunity to see courage displayed by fallen service members.

"All of us went, all of us joined, and a large percentage of us back then went during Vietnam, went because Kennedy said, 'Don't ask what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country," said Newtz.

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