Veteran’s Day: A Day to Never Forget


By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller

Veteran’s Day is a public holiday to honor U.S. veterans and victims of all wars.

Retired Commander Donnie Nelson said this day is a constant reminder that we should never forget about our veterans.

“There are a handful of people that tend to forget these men and women made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Nelson. “They give up a lot of time with their families and sacrifice all of that to serve, so it’s important to be recognized for others.”

Nelson served in the U.S. Army from 1988 to just last year when he retired as a first sergeant in 2020.

“It’s taken me places all over the world that I never would have seen and experienced,” said Nelson. “I spent 31 years doing it and after 9/11, I spent 48 months active duty time. Part of that I did serve in Iraq, so that was an experience that I will take with me for the rest of my life. That has molded me into who I am today.”

Today, Nelson’s days look different than they did when he was active military, but he has no regrets.

“There’s still a lot of good in the world and although we see a lot of ugliness out there, if you look hard enough there are some good people in this world,” said Nelson. “People suffer but that’s why I’m so proud to be part of a service that has instilled us to serve. We continue to serve because we like to serve our veterans and community and I think that’s what we gain for it.”

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