Local veteran reflects on veterans day

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MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2 / Fox 24) – Many across the basin came together to honor our veterans who have served our country. Veterans like Joe Gamertsfelder served our nation in the Air Force. Now retired from service, Gamertsfelder volunteers as a maintenance manager at the Midland Army Air Force Museum. While many spend veterans day to honor Gamertsfelder, he said honoring veterans is a bigger picture.

“It’s not so much about me or my buddies, it’s the previous generations that we’re standing over the shoulders of,” Gamertsfelder said. “These are the guys that back in world war one, world war two, some of them are with us some of them aren’t with us anymore, and it’s important to remember that the reason we’re here and we have the freedoms we enjoy today, is because those people made sacrifices.”

But once veteran’s day passes, Gamertsfelder said everyone should continue to honor and help veterans in need.

“The guys that were on the ground in Iraq and everything, they’ve seen and they’ve done things, it’s not the same when they come home,” They’ve got to come back home and all of a sudden they have turn all of that stuff off about taking care of business over there and take care of their family.”

Dave Davies understands the struggles of veterans and their families. While not a veteran himself, Davies lost a close friend in Iraq back in 2003.

For the past 15 years, Davies has participated in countless events supporting veterans. Now Davies is driving halfway across the country visiting memorial sites to honor those who served.

“For me every time I stop someplace or I talk to somebody, it’s an opportunity for me to talk about my friend,” So you know we always say, say their names, never forget.”

And while Davies plans to honor veterans year-round, veterans like Gamertsfelder hope everyone will do the same.

“Keep this country worth fighting for,” Gamertsfelder said. ” Do your part to make this country worth fighting for, that’s it, we’re not asking for anything.”

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