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Lufkin honors fallen heroes with various Memorial Day events

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Memorial Day is more than just backyard barbeques and pool fun. It is the day our great nation will pause to remember. It's the day that this nation recognizes the great shoulders we are standing on and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending our country and our freedom.

Veterans from all over Angelina County came out to several events to honor their fallen heroes.

"We do it to remember the ones that gave the last full measure," said Army Veteran Sam Permenter Jr.

The annual VFW ceremony has become a regular for veteran Coy Swinney and his wife Shirley who lost their son in a naval accident 46 years ago.

"People need to take time to remember what it's all about and remember it represents the passing of our service members," Shirley Swinney said.

For the veterans from the country's greatest generation, ceremonies like this hit deep.

"It hits them in the heart," said VFW Post Commander Alfred Navarro. "They're proud to serve the country when the country needed them."

Veterans hope that the sacrifice from their brothers and sisters does not go forgotten on the holiday.

"It's important to keep America strong if you are going to remember those that went before you and show some reverence to them," John Aten.

"For me, I know it is for the ones who fell, who didn't come back; the real heroes," Permenter said.

Veterans at the VFW said they will continue coming to the ceremony to make sure those that have gone before them will continue to be honored.

Veteran Families and members of the community also gathered at the Garden of Memories Cemetery to honor those who served at The Avenue of Flags event. The event gave veterans a chance to share their memories.

Family members also had the opportunity to place flags at their loved one's grave site.

"The veterans fought for our freedom and freedom is something that we cherish," said Garden of Memories manager Allen Ware. "We take it for granted but we cherish our freedom."

After the ceremony the crowd released red, white and blue balloons in remembrance of all who served.

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