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Nacogdoches community honors World War II vets

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Dozens of East Texans came together to honor those who participated in one of the most important conflicts in our nation’s history, World War II.

They’re known as the “greatest generation”. Those who lived, fought, and persevered through World War II.

“If you hear the stories of what people walked through, and how they sacrificed for our country, and our freedom, you can’t help but be touched by that,” Nacogdoches Spirit of ’45 organizer, Constance Engelking said. “You don’t want to forget.”

World War two Vet, Jerry French, came out in full uniform to the Spirit of ‘45 event on Sunday, sharing stories of his experience.

“Oh my goodness, you’ll be here all afternoon if you got me talking,” French said jokingly. “I have the record of being the youngest four engine bomber flight commander in World War II. At 19, I was leading bombers over Europe.”

Organizers said this is a great way to gain knowledge of our history with those who lived through it.

“We want to learn all we can, and learn how to avoid the pitfalls,” Engelking said. “We want to continue to be strong, and leaders in our community.”

Seventy one years ago after the war ended is the generation being celebrated through song, and heart felt testimonies.

Outside of the Cason Monk-Metcalf building were rows of flags to represent different times, places and people who have fought in wars.

Organizers hope events like this will help inspire the next generation.

“The flags are to pass on the honor and hopefully educate our next generation to respect our veterans,” East Texas Patriot Guard Riders Flag Captain,” Rodney Rey said.

“That’s our business is to remember,” Engelking said. “We will be here year after year remembering.”

The spirit of 45 day was established to preserve and honor the World War 2 generation. It’s observed on the second Sunday in August.

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