Group helps make sure no veteran forgotten

November 11, 2008 10:14:33 AM PST
Today is Veteran's Day and millions of Americans will take some time to say thank you to our former and current service men and women.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Even though we have Veteran's Day and there are parades and events to celebrate the accomplishments of our military, many veterans feel they are often forgotten about. Those feelings often become reality in death, which is why local resident Cheryl Whitfield formed 'National Memorial Ladies.'

Every day, she and a couple of other women attend dozens of funerals for veterans. Sometimes she and the color guard are the only ones there.

"We do a lot of those where there is no one in attendance, so when we are here, it's like there are 1,000 people here. And we feel very privileged that we can honor this man who fought for our freedom," said Whitfield.

"Every day I come to work and I have purpose. There is never a single day that goes by that I do not have purpose and a reason to get out of bed and come serve these veterans," said Army Cpl Lucas Gless.

Whitfield says she started this because she's passionate about veterans and they hold a special place in her heart.

Today's ceremonies to honor veterans will start at 10am right outside Houston City Hall and then at 11:45am, the annual "Parade of Heroes" gets underway and that starts on Texas at Smith in downtown Houston.

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