November 11, 2005--Posted at 5:15 p.m. CDT
TRUMANN, AR--They are the people who protect our freedom whenever they are called and today we honor their commitment and sacrifice. Veterans' Day a day to contemplate the 50 million Americans who have put on the uniform to protect the nation's freedom.
"Don't let no body tell you it's not scary up there because it certainly is with all those artillery shells landing all around you," said Battle of the Bulge Veteran Harold Allen.
It was December 16th, 1944 when the Germans broke loose to start the first day of the Battle of the Bulge.
"We woke up to artillery fire all around us boy they got us up and out of there and heading to the front lines quick," said Allen.
Over 60 years later Harold and all of the veterans who have served our country are honored with their own holiday.
"To some people it might not seem that important but in actuality it is one of the most important days of the year," said Travis Sandlin of the Trumann High School Jr. ROTC.
The Veterans' Day ceremony at Trumann High School is an annual event one that holds special meaning for the veterans and the students.
"I love this it makes me feel good that people appreciate the land we live in," said Allen.
"My great grandfather was in World War 2 he was on the beaches of Normandy, both of my grandfathers were in the Korean Conflict on the hills of Korea my dad was a crew chief in Vietnam," said Sandlin.
Seeing firsthand the courage of our veterans helps to provide an example for the next generation of our armed forces.
"I'm planning on going in there someday myself so I figure I will fight in the next generation of wars myself for my country," said Sandlin.
For veterans the opportunity to serve is one that is irreplaceable.
"Great pride, I wouldn't take the world for it," said Allen.
So when it came time to protect our freedom veterans like Harold didn't even think twice.
"I don't guess anyone thinks I am a hero," said Allen.