City pauses to honor veterans

Eunice joined communities across the nation pausing at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, to honor veterans past and present, those deceased and those still living, thanking them for their service in the military services.

A crowd of a couple of hundred persons turned out for ceremonies held at VFW Post 8971.

The occasion featured remarks by emcee and Vietnam veteran Police Chief Gary Fontenot.

Also speaking were VFW Post Commander Al Courville, Vietnam vet, and American Legion Post 129 Commander Bill Wemberly, Desert Storm vet.

Courville noted that Veterans Day is often mistakenly thought of as being set aside to honor killed in military service, when actually that is done on Memorial Day.

"Veterans Day honors all American veterans -- living and dead -- but it is largely to thank the surviving ones. Not all of you saw combat but by being in the service, you were prepared to go if and when necessary," he said.

Wemberly noted that all veterans, whether combat experienced or not, hold a common bond.

"Without the tasks undertaken by our veterans, we might be speaking another language. Without them we would not have the world we know today," he said.

"We must keep the faith with our veterans and with our military," he said.

Fontenot read a roll call of Eunice-area veterans who have been prisoners during the nation's various wars, then asked Purple Heart holders and other veterans to introduce themselves to an appreciative audience.

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