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Mar 20, 2014 12:52 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Farewell to Our Fallen Vietnam Veterans from the Coastal Bend

CORPUS CHRISTI - A farewell rose ceremony was held Thursday to honor fallen Veterans who served in the Vietnam War. One woman, Socorro Flores told the heroic tale of one of her brothers who sacrificed his life for our country.

"He was a very special guy, always there for everybody the family, his friends, he was just special," she said.

Flores says, 202 red roses were laid to bid farewell to Veterans who were not only from Texas but specifically from the coastal bend. One of those men was Lance Corporal Raul Flores, her brother, who she says, was always a hero in her eyes.

"I'm proud of my brother and of course back in 66 when he passed away, it was extremely heartbreaking but time heals," Socorro said.

Raul was a Miller High School graduate, who enlisted in the Marine Corp right after graduation. He along with all the other local men, were recognized by fellow veterans, friends and family.

"It's emotional in a sense that it's a good feeling, and because a rose is a beautiful flower and to be able to present it to them even though there not here, it's a special feeling," Socorro said.

Flores says after more than 45 years, this ceremony means a lot to her.

"I'm very grateful that they do remember and especially to Ram, because Ram does so much for our Vets," she added.

Ram Chavez who heads three different veteran organizations, and who's a veteran himself says these events are to simply remember.

"I tell veterans if we don't remember them who will, who will, this is not about us who came back, this is about the," Chavez said.

Plus, he says with every picture comes a unique story, just like raul's...and there are still many left untold.

Chavez says there are still about 50 photographs of fallen veterans unaccounted for. However, he is determined to continue his search for war veterans in the coastal bend, so that no hero goes without the utmost honors.

The Texas Vietnam Heroes Exhibit will be on display at the Lexington Museum until Sunday, March 23rd.

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