Purple Heart Recipients Honored at Veterans Day Ceremony

ARLINGTON -- Veterans Day is a time to thank and honor those who`ve served during times of war.

“None of us would be here without their service and sacrifice,” said James Runzheimer, a member of the Arlington Southwest Rotary Club.

On Friday, the City of Arlington, along with the Arlington Southwest Rotary Club, wanted to shine a spotlight on not only those who have served, but also those who have been wounded in battle.

“We are particularly honoring those who’ve been awarded the Purple Heart for their service to this country and being wounded in action,” said Runzheimer.

For many of these Purple Heart recipients, this is a day that some didn't think they would be able to see.

“No, I didn’t think I would make it here! Make it back to the U.S. I didn’t think I would. I`m just thankful to God that I’m here."

Roydell Johnson fought in the Korean war and served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army. And during his time in Korea, Johnson actually received three purple hearts.

“We were overrun by 150,000 Chinese and that caused me to spend 13 months in the hospital.”

Johnson says the medal he was handed today holds a special place in his heart.

“I’m going to hang it up with my other medals in the hallway.”

But while many of the vets here are grateful to be able to have served their country, they also want to remind everyone that veterans should be honored more than just one day a year.

“We should all should recognize veterans and thank them for their service, and you don`t have to have a Purple Heart to be recognized. A veteran is a veteran,” said Johnson.