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05/30/05 - Lufkin

Veterans Host Memorial Service For Soldiers

by Ramonica R. Jones

From Korea to Vietnam to Germany, the Veterans of Foreign Wars paid tribute to hundreds of soldiers who traveled the world to fight for our freedom.

Raymond Skinner fought in the Korean War for 11 months. He has fond memories of his days in combat and says he's proud of the job the younger generation is doing overseas.

"Patriotism; [in] this country, you get in trouble, you got help," Skinner said.

About 1,100 men and women are honored on the VFW's Memorial Walls at Post 1836 in Lufkin. Some of them go all the way back to the Civil War.

Incoming President Billy Parker said, "When we put this wall up to be able to recognize a KIA person, which was killed in action, [a] star was put on this granite along with [the letters] KIA, which would make it easier to recognize those that gave their lives during their service period."

Monday's VFW Memorial Service was actually two celebrations in one. The group celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

All the men and women honored on the VFW Memorial Walls have ties to East Texas. There are six walls on display. They can be viewed by the public all year round.

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