‘It’s an honor to have served,’ veteran says while celebrated by Valley community

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Valley veterans got their fill of pancakes Sunday morning, at a breakfast and car show — just for them.

The Clovis Veterans Memorial District holds the event every year.

Jerry Hayden, a Vietnam veteran and commander for Veterans of Foreign Wars Clovis said, “This has been going for a long time and we have a lot of fun, these guys are ready for it every year.”

Each year the mess hall is decked out in the red, white and blue.

“It’s a real nice thing that they’re doing, and so we’re just here to enjoy it,” said Frank Vagundes, a Vietnam veteran. 

The Army veterans, just one of many wearing a hat, a symbol of honor.

Some with pins, most all stamped with the war they fought in.

You could hear chatter of memories from their time served, now all coming together this Veterans Day.

“It means a lot, more than I can say,” Vagundes said.

The morning was also filled with dozens of classic cars.

“This is a ’66 Mustang convertible, GT,” said James Orr, one of many vets showing off his ride.

He served in during the Vietnam War, as well with the Air Force and said there’s nothing like seeing the community coming together.

“I think it’s wonderful what the community does for the men and women who served in the armed forces,” he said.

Sunday marked a hundred years since the end of the Great War.

But Orr is not taking any of it for granted.

He said, “It’s an honor to have served. God bless America.”

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