POSTED: Monday, November 8, 2010 - 12:05am
UPDATED: Monday, November 8, 2010 - 12:06am
Kicks off Hometown Heroes Week
TYLER - Karl Little is the organizer of the Annual Veterans Appreciation Fish Fry.
When we asked him what people could do to help veterans these days, the answer was simple...
"Show them respect, that's the most important thing," Little said.
And that's exactly what was done on Sunday at the 3rd Annual Veterans Appreciation Fish Fry honoring East Texas veterans.
There are over 18,000 in Smith County alone.
Among the hundreds that attended the fish fry - Tyler mayor Barbara Bass who declared this week Hometown Heroes week. Also, Texas Representative Leo Berman and Congressman Louie Gohmert who made special presentations to veterans.
"So it's just a day to honor those who serve and those who serve our service members and as Karl said, I haven't missed one of these since we started having them and I don't intend to, this is too important," Gohmert said.
Hubert Martin is a World War II veteran. At Sunday's ceremony, he received several awards - including a Bronze Star medal.
"We wouldn't be free if it wasn't for the veterans. We couldn't have the flags flying and we couldn't have churches," Martin said.
Like Karl Little, showing veterans respect is a priority for Martin too.
"Every veteran that's been in the war and up front, they deserve something. Just recognize them and be good to them," Martin said.
Today's fish fry kicks off a whole week honoring veterans called Hometown Heroes Week. Some of this weeks events - a veteran's employment fair, a Sounds of Freedom concert, and a Heroes on the Square event on the downtown square in Tyler.