The City of Brownsville held its 26th annual Veterans Day luncheon Thursday to show appreciation for everything city employees have done for the community and the country.

The City of Brownsville held its 26th annual Veterans Day luncheon Thursday to show appreciation for everything city employees have done for the community and the country.

Held at the Ringgold Civic Pavilion in Dean Porter Park, Deputy City Manager Pete Gonzalez said the city has this luncheon every year for its employees who also are veterans to thank them for their service. He said there are 126 veterans who work for the City of Brownsville.

Gonzalez is a U.S. veteran who served in the Army from 1967 to 1969 as a staff sergeant. He said he didn’t enlist but was drafted into the Army.

“Back then in the ’60s, I was a draftee, and that period I knew the war was going on at Vietnam, and like any other American young man that was being drafted I was bit hesitant to go because of the war,” Gonzalez said. “We knew that being drafted meant you were going to Vietnam.”

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