Ruston's second annual Veterans Day Parade

The story of one World War II Veteran sharing his story

RUSTON - Sam  Mattox is 98 years-old but can still clearly remember the day World War II ended."That's when we won the war in Japan, and I was glad to hear the man say the war was over. We started jumping up and down." 


At a parade honoring heroes like Mattox, he says it's nice to be on the other side of the line of duty."Well it feels good to be an old veteran, I can sit back and tell the young boys what happened to me when I was a young man 22 years-old when I was out their fighting." 


To newcomers to the Military like Wardell Nelson who has just two years of service under his belt, meeting Veterans is a story time unlike any other says active National Guard solider Wardell Nelson, "Just to see their experience and hear their experience, it's just incredible to know you're apart of this brotherhood, you're apart of this family, that's been around for many ages and generations -- you get a sense of purpose of what it really means to serve your country and sacrifice yourself for the greater good."

Mattox says all of his experience fighting for our country has given him the ability to tell young soldiers like Nelson you can come home and live a full life. "I made it back safely.Young men once y'all get into service, obey your orders, obey your commander, and try to do the things that are right and you'll make it back home safely." Home so you can enjoy the many freedoms you fought to defend.

Veterans all over Northeast Louisiana are hoping to get a visit from the traveling Vietnam Veterans wall next year.


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