On the day after Veterans day, the parades and parties are over, but to those who served the United States, every day is one to remember.
Horace Wall is one of them. He was forced to spend this Veterans Day in the hospital. He is sick, and two days shy of his 88th birthday. Wall knows that many of his friends and comrades have already passed. That means now, more than ever, he wants people to keep the veterans in mind.
"People should never forget Veterans Day," he said.
It is a message that Wall knows some people take for granted. Long before he was a resident of Las Vegas, he served in the Army. He enlisted in 1943, knowing that he would be entering harm's way.
"Try to do something to serve the country," he said.
Wall is now recovering from kidney problems. He's been in a hospital bed at Centennial Hills for the past five days. Wall would've rather been elsewhere on Veterans Day, but at least he has his family.
"He was very dedicated and dedicated in the military, also. So whatever he did, he did well," said Wall's daughter, Tina Wall.
Tina Wall says every year it gets harder, as the lives of those who lived to tell the story of World War II continue to fade.
"Little by little this is all going away, and we need to keep it - every single year for Veterans Day," Tina Wall said.
Joe Scala, a post-Vietnam Navy veteran, believes Veterans Day means more today than it did back when he served in the 1970s.
"We're all one in the same, from the very first war to the current war," he said. "We're more vested in our veterans. There is more solidarity, and there is more camaraderie for the veterans today, I think."
And that memory is something that can never fade away.
"They risk their lives to keep us free, to keep us safe," Tina Wall said as she browsed through photographs of her father. "They should always be remembered, because without them, we would be a whole different United States."
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