HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - One by one, veterans from all major conflicts since World War II stood up as they were honored at the 17th annual veteran's day program in Huntington.
"It's just wonderful, to see all the people come out and support it and the support that they give to the veterans is just amazing. It's one of the best programs I've been to," said Marine Luther Bolenbarker who served in Vietnam.
The ceremony was filled with special musical selections and stories to honor more than 150 veterans in attendance, many reflecting and sharing their memories with old friends and acquaintances.
"We have shared many stories today already. About things, different, people we've been with, people we've known, people that's passed away," said Ret. Air Force Master Sergeant David Gordon.
Huntington ISD students were present; to say a special "thank you" to the men and women that unselfishly gave their lives for a nation's freedom.
"This is probably one of my most favorite activities because it helps pass on tradition and really allows our students to understand and be thankful for what veterans have done for them as well as the rest of our nation," said Huntington ISD Superintendent Eric Wright.
"It's been wonderful knowing that someone really appreciates what we have done," said Gordon.
After the program, all the veterans were treated to a free barbeque luncheon served by a group of volunteers and students.