Celebration of the Armed Forces Day in Corpus Christi

With the sound of the trumpets and the sight of the flags, veterans stood in solidarity, honoring everything they fought for and all the others continue to do so.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Across the country and around the bend of the coast today there was a demonstration of support for those who have served and continue to serve in our military. Local veterans and community members gathered for a special ceremony on Ocean Drive this morning.

“We honor all services across the board, not just the services, but the men and women who have served in the armed forces past and present,” said Martin Longoria, chairman of the mayors’ committee on veterans affairs.

With the sound of the trumpets and the sight of the flags, veterans stood there in solidarity, honoring everything they fought for and all the others continue to do so. The third Saturday in May is a day of recognition for all armed forces.

“My husband, of course, for his navy and submarine service, and certainly my father, who spent 30 years in the military,” said Rose Nepa, a family member of two veterans. “It is very important to recognize the service of our veterans because without them we would not have the opposite.”

She was one of several who attended the event at Sherill Park.

“During the Vietnam era, we weren’t greeted. In fact, we were asked to leave. I remember the first time in 1990 that someone thanked me for my service, and today is the support that we think is incredibly important,” said James Mobley, a retired brigadier general.

Mobley said it was important to him to see the advancement in appreciation for veterans.

As the audience clapped and the musicians played, the veterans hoped that kind of appreciation would continue.

“It’s every day because the men and women who serve 24/7 are risking their lives for the freedoms we enjoy,” Longoria said.

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