Veterans Tribute Festival

- It's Memorial Day weekend and as we approach the somber day of remembrance and tribute to those who put their lives on the line for our great nation, one Texoma group put together a first- time festival to show local veterans just how much their service means.

"It means that somebody out there cares about the veterans that gave so much for this country, and they gave so much for us," says Joel Jimenez, director of the local chapter of Disabled American Veterans.  

Saturday's Veteran's Tribute Festival was a small way Texomans could say thank you to area military members this Memorial Day weekend.

"It means a lot to me also that this community when its called upon, comes out to help the veterans and I just cant thank them so much," Jimenez says.  

The festival kicked off Saturday morning with a car show.

"Its just a whole lot of good people helping out the disabled veterans of america," says car show chairman, Jeff Colely.

The meaning behind the event resonates with veterans. Charles Reeves is an army veteran. He set up a booth at the event where he offered attendees relaxing products like hot tea.

"R&R is rest and relaxation its the break you get on deployment so its the mid-tour break. And that's kind of what this program is for civilians," says veteran Charles Reeves. 

Reeves said event attendees who visited his booth were offered something to help them get back on their feet, from people who have been in similar situations as his and fellow soldiers.

A benefit concert will concluded the event tonight at the MPEC at 7. All proceeds from the event benefit the Wichita Falls chapter of Disabled American Veterans.

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