Silent Wings Museum celebrates Veteran’s Day

Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 6:23 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Silent Wings Museum brought veterans and the Lubbock community together on Thursday to celebrate those who have served our country.

“It’s just a time to remember everything that we have given, everything we are still willing to give and what really makes this country what it is,” Navy veteran, Steven Bailey said. “It’s what makes us the greatest country on earth.”

The celebration gave visitors free admission to the museum and provided many activities throughout the day.

Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Chapter, Benny Guerrero, says it’s not just about the veterans who deserve our gratitude, but about their families and the community that supports them.

“On Veterans Day, we not only honor the veterans that came back to this community; we also honor those families who raised us to love our country, love our neighbor, and love one another,” he said.

Many veterans come home facing physical and mental hardships. Steven Bailey, a Navy veteran, says the best way the community can help them is by listening.

“There are men and women who come home carrying scars,” he said. “There are some that refer to it as ghosts from the past, but whatever name is put to it, the important thing is to give them a chance to express it, to let it out, to vent.”

But for many veterans, the most important thing they bring home is the lasting bond that they form with another veterans.

“You found time to joke around and laugh. You played games with each other,” Bailey said. “You made up stupid stories, you found a way to entertain each other.”

However, for Bailey, Veteran’s Day is more about camaraderie and forming lifelong relationships.

“We love each other and for each other. At the end of the day, an American is going to take care of an American.”

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