LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
November 11—millions across the United States honor the 1 percent who swore to defend the Constitution of the United States and the freedoms every citizen enjoys.
That tradition is no exception for Laughlin Air Force, Base, Texas, and the local community of Del Rio, Texas, who got together to celebrate all who have served through the town’s tradition of a Veteran’s Day Parade. The parade contained many floats featuring not only representatives of Laughlin, but also various veterans’ organizations, vans and ROTC units.
After the parade, the veterans gathered for a speech by Col. Todd Dyer, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander; Maj. Gen. (ret) Gerald Prather and various local elected officials who stopped to honor veterans during a ceremony that was highlighted by Robert Wade’s rendition of “I’m proud to be an American.”
The next day, veterans and those who served also had an opportunity to be honored during the city’s 26th annual Feast of Sharing, sponsored by H-E-B. The event, which gives a warm, full course Thanksgiving meal to anyone who desired, took time to thank those who help defend, or have defended, this great nation. Col. Lee Gentile, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, was one of the opening speakers for the ceremony.