On Saturday, local veterans paid tribute to those who played a key role in history at the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Over at Veterans Memorial High School in Corpus Christi, area veterans and community members gathered for the ceremony, which was moved inside due to uncertain weather conditions at its usual venue, Sherrill Park.
The event highlights the major World War II battle that took place in 1945 on the island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean. There, U.S. forces captured the island from the Imperial Japanese Army.
The ceremony honored those who fought in the historic battle but it also held significance for all veterans.
"To me it means a lot," described Martin Longoria, Vice Chairman with Corpus Christi Mayor's Committee for Veterans Affairs. "It's a significant part of being military, a significant part of our military history. I mean it's just something that we look upon, that took place 73 years ago, and its just something embedded (in) being a service member."