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Huntington ISD honors veterans with USO show

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For the last 18 years, Huntington Independent School District has been honoring veterans with their annual Veterans Day program.

This year the district decided to do something a little different, so they decided to put on their own version of the USO show made popular by bob hope and other celebrities.

They hoped it would honor the men and women that have served our country.

"It brings back the memories that people have experienced over the years, Huntington resident and Air Force Veteran David Gordon said."

Gordon has served in three different conflicts but has also brought enjoyment to troops around the world with his unique bird call.

"I've preformed in England, Madrid, Spain, Las Vegas, Nevada, Darwin, Australia and Japan, Gordon said."

Dorsey Walker is a WWII and marine veteran and can't remember the names of the entertainers he saw while serving in Hawaii, but does remember one thing.

"I remember the pretty girls," Walker said.

 The day was also there to remember the tragedies of war that have affected lifelong Huntington residents. For Walker and many WWII veterans, Pearl Harbor was the catalyst that started their military career.

"We were on the school bus coming from Ora into Huntington and the bus driver told us what happened, Walker said."

"It was a sad day for everybody," WWII veteran Dale Russel said. "We heard it over the radio. Everything changed from that day on."

The veterans say that the thing they will remember most from today as the love shown by so many of the younger generations.

The district said this year's event was one of the biggest years yet, with 147 veterans attending.

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