Veteran's Day Service Salutes Those Who Serve

"It's being held not in a church. But the building doesn't make the church, let's put it that way," Father Eugene Robinson, veteran and Anglican priest, says.

Members of American Legion 2002 and Veterans of Foreign War post 6731 normally share this D'Iberville post, but Sunday, they also shared a time to remember their military service.

Father Eugene Robinson is serving double duty, presiding over this service while at the same time reflecting on his nearly 30 years in the Armed Forces.

"I spent 28 years in the Air Force as a flight engineer which gave me the opportunity to fly all over the world. I miss two places, Red China and Russia. I was given a distinguished flying cross for my tour of Vietnam and I have I don't know how many ribbons but I have 13 medals," Robinson says.

Robert Brightman is another Veteran who's using this service to reflect on lessons he learned serving our nation.

"It teaches people to work as a team. You push yourself and do things you normally wouldn't do. You'd be surprised how much you can do," Brightman says.

Brightman says he's learned one big lesson after years of serving his country:

"Never take anything for granted. You can have a nice post one day, and the next day be on the front lines," Brightman says.

And making sure veterans here in South Mississippi and across America know that service is appreciated is what Veterans Day is all about.

Today wraps up most of the Veteran's Day activities around the coast, but that doesn't mean the time to thank a veteran is over. Many veterans say that a simple smile or thank you for your service occassionally makes their day, any day of the year.

By Keli Rabon