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Friends, family and veterans gather at the Lubbock War Memorial

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - All across the United States, millions have gathered to remember our fallen heroes, and those who serve our country. Veteran's Day pays tribute to all of the veterans.

Despite the very strong cold winds, veterans past and present gathered at the Lubbock War Memorial to celebrate the lives of those lost.

As the bugle played taps, many came out to pay tribute to their loved ones and friends in Lubbock. Some prayed to remember their lost friends, but Frank Salerno also came out to recognize those who are serving today. "My youngest daughter is in Afghanistan on her third tour and I had to come for her."

Salerno says he was happy to be surrounded by so many veterans, but disappointed more didn't show up. "I'm very honored and humbled sitting with my brothers and hopefully some sisters as well," said Salerno. "And I'm very humbled but discouraged by the presence here today, the ones that are here mean a lot to me."

Others, like Vietnam Veteran Lee Deanda remember those who could not attend the Veteran's Day events. "It's been a long time for us to be honored and that's why I'm here, for the other guys that have been here, through all these wars. While Frank hugged those who prayed with him, he couldn't help but think about his daughter."Like my mother, I didn't think I would worry, but I constantly worry about her and hope she's doing well."

Deanda wears a patch that reads "I've been there, Vietnam" and says the people who died there help him to move forward every day. "I am here because I was told to live my life to the fullest for them."

The World War I Armistice was signed at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month, November 11, 1918.

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