Honoring Our Vets: Community Remembers Local Veterans

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Wichita Falls ISD hosted its annual Veteran's Day Event Friday to honor those who have fought and are fighting for our country.  All branches of the military were represented and honored at the event.  It started with the singing of the national anthem from Sheppard Air Force Elementary.

Other people that attended were possible future Vets from WFISD Junior ROTC programs from Hirshi, Old High and Rider.  Abril Saldana says after seeing what our Vets do, she now wants to join the military.

"I've been in it four years," said Saldana.  "I've been apart of the color guard team, the p-t team and I'm very involved.  I try to be involved it's a very fun program if you get really involved.

Saldana joined the ROTC Program at Hirschi as a freshman after watching her brother in the program.  She said spending four years in the ROTC lead her to make the decision to join the air force when she finishes college.

"I realized that I really like being apart of something and being involved," said Saldana.   "Having a uniform actually makes you feel different too, so I wanted to keep feeling that for the rest of my days."

She said days like Friday remind her of why she spends hours practicing in her uniform.

"It feels really good to be able to honor someone and then having you represent as a whole community.

She also has hope for future veterans and our community.

"Get honor the way they are supposed to," said Saldana.  "Be respected and wish them the best."

The event will continue Saturday at memorial stadium with a walk to honor Veterans in Wichita Falls. That walk begins at 9 a.m.

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