TYLER (KYTX) - East Texans who have fought for our country's freedom, were honored throughout the community Sunday, despite the rain.
WWII veteran Theron Boothe points at a picture of himself taken in 1942. It was the year he joined the U.S. Navy at 19 years old. Then he looks up with a smile and says, "That was 70 years ago."
"We all have our own story I guess you might say," he says.
Telling stories of those he served with, brings him to tears.
"I had excellent teachers and I felt that I should honor them as well as my country," he says softly.
In the same afternoon on the other side of town, fellow Navy WWII veteran Richard Davis was honored for his service.
Davis is a board member for the Tyler Area Senior Citizens Association, or TASCA.
Sunday, the organization unveiled a brand new veterans memorial.
TASCA Board of Directors President, Brenda Davis said, "We honor [veterans] all the time on the holidays and do special things for them, but we wanted something that would be more permanent and something that would grow."
Local boy scouts helped build the memorial. Money for the monument was donated by community members. Davis says he is humbled by the memorial, and the supportive community he lives in.
"Living in East Texas, people are really loyal to the country, loyal to the state, and loyal to the veterans that have served and it's been so great," Davis says.
Boothe says being honored by his community reminds him why he fought for his country all those years ago.
"This was the reason I was wanting in the service," he said.
Both men are glad that on Veterans Day, East Texans are not only remembering those who fought, but those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
"All gave some, but some gave all," Davis says.
All sacrificed for Americans, who are showing thanks for their freedom.