Huntington father, son share special bond on Veterans Day

Huntington father, son share special bond on Veterans Day
Source: KTRE staff
Source: KTRE staff

Hundreds of veterans packed the Huntington High School auditorium Tuesday morning for a special Veterans Day program.

It was the 19th year for the program. The program has become a favorite for veterans every year.

For two veterans in the crowd, the event is a way to share a stronger bond than the one they already share. Every year, Mark Chamblee, a graduate of Huntington and staff sergeant for the Army, sits next to his father Roy Chamblee, a Marine veteran that served in Vietnam.

"It's great to see the school do this for veterans," Mark Chamblee said.

Mark Chamblee enlisted in 1991, first with the Navy before switching to the Army. In 2003, Chamblee and his group were some of the first troops involved in the Iraq War.

"It was really strange to be sitting there and knowing two months ahead of time that it was actually going to happen, but you couldn't tell anybody," Chamblee said. "All I could do was tell people that I was going to Kuwait."

Chamblee said his involvement in the military was almost inevitable.

"Both of my grandfathers also served in the military," Chamblee said. "I'm not going to say it was an obligation, but it was something that I really wanted to do."

Mark was not alive when his father Roy was fighting in the jungles of Vietnam but said there is still a special bond.

"You're always proud of your dad, but it is hard to say how much more special it is because there is a bond I hold with other military members," Mark Chamblee said. "They're all just like brothers. It is a strong family bond."

Veterans were entertained the musical group Harmony Exporters, impressionist Mark Staggs, and several students from Huntington High School.

The keynote speaker for the event was World War II veteran Ben Weber.

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