Across the country Americans are celebrating Veterans Day with parades and ceremonies, but one West Texas town of McCamey has been building a memorial for it's veterans for the past 7 years and today it finally opened.
"There is a lot of guys that have served for our country, and if it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be where we are today,so I thank them for everything they do for us," said McCamey Resident, Ellen Crossland.
David Jones a retired Navy veteran says that Veterans Day is a day to remember the men and women who have fought for our freedoms.
"If it weren't for these people on the wall, we possibly would not be here this morning, dedicating this memorial here in McCamey Texas," said McCamey veteran David Jones.
Hindered by bad economic times, the memorial took 7 years to build, but it was built, because the townspeople of McCamey never gave up.
"It's been a community effort and that is what makes it special, that everybody, not only from this community, but ex-McCameyites have come forward and contributed in some way," said McCamey veteran, Michael Holguin.
McCamey veterans say they were anxious for the memorial to be built, and now that it is completed they say they couldn't be happier with the way it turned out.
"I have been wanting this built for years and years and I am so honored and proud they did it... Beyond my expectations really, I didnt know it was going to be this good,"said McCamey veteran, Floyd Chambers.
Veterans on hand said they were happy to serve their country and wouldn't change it for the world.
"If there was a chance for me to go back and do another 40 years, I would do it in a heart beat," said McCamey veteran Jack Bend.
Ellen Crossland knows freedom is not free and says she appreciates our country's veterans.
"I thank them everyday for them, I thank God everyday for them, and I hope we can bring them home, all of them home soon to their families," said Ellen Crossland.
Although the Memorial opened up today, McCamey residents say there will be a new Wall of Honor built by next Veteran's day, honoring additional McCamey veterans.
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