(WVUE) - Local Acklin Dufrene shares stories and smiles with friends and family at Gretna's Veteran's Day event. It's a day close to his heart.
"It means quite a bit," said Dufrene. "It reminds me that they didn't forget all the veterans in World War II."
A World War II vet, himself, Dufrene appreciates a day that reminds others what service members fought so hard to protect and defend.
"Don't ever forget the freedom that you have because when you lose your freedom, you have nothing to live for," said Dufrene.
It's a resounding message felt across the city as hundreds came out to acknowledge men and women like Dufrene.
"I have grown up enjoying freedoms that we earned during World War II," said veteran Bill Detweiler.
Detweiler is with the WWII Museum where, every year, organizers hold a special event to celebrate and honor those served and still serve.
"To thank veterans for the services they have given to this country," added Detweiler.
As someone who works to tell the story of American experiences during the Second World War, he says, it's especially important, today.
"We try to tell this generation and future generations of the work and the sacrifices that were made by the men and women of World War II to protect the freedoms we continue to enjoy," said Detweiler.
Many hear the message loud and clear.