May Heroes: Houston-area veterans share what Memorial Day means to them

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Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, a day to honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

In honor of this day, we reached out to local veterans from different generations and asked what Memorial Day means to them.

In the videos below, you’ll learn a little about each veteran, followed by their sentiments.

First is David R. De La Cruz who served in World War II and the Korean war.

Second is Pat Adams who served in Korea.

Third is Allan T. Perkins who served Vietnam.

Fourth is Sharon Wu Nitsche who served in Operation Desert Storm.

And finally, Yecenia Caban Jimenez who served in Operation Enduring Freedom.

We thank them and all members of the military past and present for their service.


David R. De La Cruz - United States Army Air Corps, WWII & United States Air Force, Korea

De La Cruz volunteered in the army at the age of 17 years old.
De La Cruz volunteered in the army at the age of 17 years old.

Pat Adams - United States Marine Sergeant, Korea

Adams served in Korea in 1952.
Adams served in Korea in 1952.

Allan T. Perkins - United States Air Force Master Sergeant, Vietnam

Perkins is a retired US Air Force Master Sergeant who served for 25 years
Perkins is a retired US Air Force Master Sergeant who served for 25 years

Sharon Wu Nitsche - United States Army Lt. Colonel, Operation Desert Storm

Nitsche, who served in the army for more than 30 years, explains what Memorial Day means to her.
Nitsche, who served in the army for more than 30 years, explains what Memorial Day means to her.

Yecenia Caban Jimenez - United States Air Force Staff Sergeant, Operation Enduring Freedom

Sgt. Jimenez explains what Memorial Day means to her
Sgt. Jimenez explains what Memorial Day means to her