Veterans of WWII are now in their late 80s and 90s and we want a chance to capture them together in a professional photo. These farm boys left the cotton fields and the grocery-sacking jobs and jobs selling shoes in department stores when their country asked. They joined the Army, Navy and Air Force. They pulled on government-Issued clothing, picked up rifles, set steel helmets over fresh haircuts and marched off. They learned to drive tanks, fly planes and fire big guns on battleships.

After three years of fighting, June 6, 1944 was named D-Day and on that morning, those GIís from the United States joined other soldiers in an invasion to free countries on the European continent. The water ran red with the blood of those brave men and the beaches were deathbeds for thousands of men who gave everything.

It can be said that those who served our country in WWII saved the world. Thousands upon thousands of men gave their lives so that we might have the freedoms we enjoy today. For those that survived that war and are still with us, we need a special time to thank them and remember.

We ask all WWII veterans to join together at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Erath County Courthouse for a special photograph.

If a veteran is partially disabled, help will be available for the photograph.