Veterans treated to barbecue and music at Rooney Park


A barbecue and party was set up at Rooney Memorial Park on Nov. 10 to celebrate Veteran's Day.

Veteran's Service Officer Micheal Corkrum hosted the event and had the Sul Ross State Band perform for those in attendance

The veterans were able to spend time together, share stories and enjoy a free meal.

World War II veteran Delmon Hodges has been married to his wife, Vida, for 65 years.

The couple were present at the event to celebrate Hodges' service and their long marriage with four children.

Tony Urias decided to join the Air Force and got married to Rosie one year after he got out, and 51 years later they are still thriving.

“Just love each other and take care of each other,” said Tony.

Alonzo Martinez knew he wanted to serve in the Army, so he quit school and got his GED while he was enlisted.

Air Force Veteran Pete Fierro said that the military is a good choice, especially since the military will pay for school with the GI Bill.

“I advise high school kids that don't have plans to join the armed forces,” he said.

Marine Corps. Veteran Mickey Smith served from 1960 to 1966.

“The Marine Corps. was bad ass, I wanted to see if I could do that and I did,” he said.

He remembers the emotions and tensions when President John F Kennedy was assassinated while he was enlisted.

“It was a big deal,” said Smith.

Collie Nalls served in the Air Force for 23 years, starting in 1953.

“If you stay too long, you get married to it,” he said.