Silent Wings Museum Holds Celebration for Veterans

The Silent Wings Museum held a celebration for not only veterans, but active service members, on Monday for Veterans Day.
By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- The Silent Wings Museum held a celebration for not only veterans, but active service members, on Monday for Veterans Day.

There were songs by school children, plus a proclamation read by Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson.

"30 years active duty U.S. Air Force, from 1961 to 1991, had two tours in Germany, one tour in Thailand during the Vietnam era," Amos Hastings said. Hastings was just one of many veterans in attendance Monday, and shared his story after the celebration.

"This resurgence of patriotism is needed. The thing we've got to remember is, don't forget, once the conflict in Afghanistan ends, the military doesn't end there," Hastings said.

Hastings said not only is Veterans Day a time for people to honor military members, he said it's also a chance for those in the military to thank those who supported them over the years, and those who come out every year to celebrate and honor them. "It's not an easy thing to be active duty military and some of the things you go, and some of the things you do mission wise, so I really appreciate my family's support through all those years," Hastings said. "I'm just happy to be here and see all these other folks, glad that you folks gave us the opportunity to express our thanks to everyone."

One of the many other veterans joining Hastings at the Silent Wings Museum Monday is Ron Nance. "Medically retired, from the U.S. Army, after 10 years, served in Vietnam, for two tours, in the medical area, support for our combat troops," Nance said.

Nance said one of the biggest things over the years was how people's attitudes towards veterans have changed. "What we're seeing today, has re-inspired my heart, from the way it was when I came home from combat, to the way it is today, is a complete turn around," Nance said.

"I'm so glad that today, the American people have found their patriotism, they have learned to honor the men and women who are serving, fighting and dying for them," Nance said.

Not only were there celebrations at the Silent Wings Museum, many schools in the area celebrated by reading names of service members, past and present. Others spent Veterans Day at the Lubbock Area Veterans War Memorial, taking time to reflect and honor those who served.

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