It was a very busy Monday as many Coastal Bend residents observed Veterans Day. Those celebrations included a wreath laying ceremony aboard the U.S.S. Lexington.
The hangar deck aboard the Lady Lex was crowded with veterans and their families as the Veterans Band played and speakers addressed the crowd. The ceremony paid special remembrance to those who never returned home, honoring those who were prisoners of war and those missing in action.
Besides inspirational music, Congressman Blake Farenthold told the crowd that honoring veterans should continue throughout the year, and touted an increase in funding for the Veterans Administration of some $300 million annually. He said employers need to remember veterans and their experience.
"There's a degree of patriotism, loyalty and dedication that is not there in the workforce, and I think it's a huge mistake when employers overlook that," Farenthold said.
After a rendition of Lee Greenwood's "Proud to Be an American," Farenthold took part in the laying of the wreath into the water through the hangar door.
Of the many veterans attending the service, one man visiting his son from Delaware said it is fierce pride as well as mourning the loss of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
"All these young people today that are losing their lives, it's, you know, it seems sad, but at the same time, all of us veterans did it for this country," retired U.S. Marine Tom White said. "It means a lot. A lot."
Sherrill Park, the U.S.S. Lexington, local schools and colleges were among the many places honoring veterans on Monday.