Ceremonies across North Texas pay tribute to veterans




Posted on November 11, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 8:42 PM

DALLAS — More than half a million military veterans live in North Texas. On Sunday, thousands honored their service and their sacrifices.

In the pageantry of Veterans Day, perhaps the most moving ceremony was the simplest... reading the names of every fallen American service member — numbering more than a million in all.

A reading in Dallas was one of 600 across the nation, each naming 1,750 men and women who died in service to America.

It was a sober reminder — never before done — of the sacrifices of so many.

At Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, there were salutes and fly-overs paying respect to the 36,000 who are buried here.

At the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Dallas Love Field, directors unveiled a new exhibit for the Tuskegee Airmen, filled with mementos from the airmen themselves — like Calvin Spann.

"Brings back a lot of memories... old memories I'd like to remember, and wanted to make sure they didn't put anything up there I'd like to forget," Spann said.

Yet the focus for many on Veterans Day was making sure that no American ever forgets that each precious sacrifice matters.

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